This latest cold spell has found a number of people wondering when spring will really appear.

We are already past the average date for the last freeze in Galveston (February 5) and Houston Hobby (February 18), but not areas north and west of Houston (where the first week of March generally brings the last freeze of the winter).

Still, freezing temperatures have come as late as March 20 in Galveston (with a 33 degree low also registered on March 27 and a 38 degree low as late as April 8). Over the past five years, League City has recorded one March freeze (March 3, 2013).

This year, it appears that winter will linger into March. We are expecting another cold front to reach the coast by Monday or Tuesday of this coming week with low temperatures possibly dipping into the 30’s even at the coast and the latest 6-10 and 8-14 day forecasts are calling for below normal readings.

If there is good news in any of this, it is that milder temperatures will return this weekend for Mardi Gras events. In many ways, this weekend will resemble last weekend weather-wise, with clouds, some fog and drizzle and a chance of showers by Sunday. Overall, the outlook is fairly good for this year’s festivities.

I never worry about winter lingering in this area. As I often tell my friends when they complain about the chill: “Don’t worry, you’ll be dreaming about this weather in a few months."

Day 4 minimum temperature forecast

Day 5 minimum temperature forecast

6-10 day temperature outlook

8-14 day temperature outlook

5-day precipitation outlook

Stan Blazyk is a life-long weather enthusiast, long-time Galveston resident and author of "A Century of Galveston Weather." He has written the weather blog for the Galveston County Daily News for more than a decade.

(2) comments

Lars Faltskog

After this ghastly winter of vortexical nature, now I'm directing my worry toward what type of summer we will have. How nice it would be to have one like last summer, where we appeared to have ample rainfall. Enough rainfall (minimal to no drought) to keep the grass green. Can we hope for another?

Steve Fouga

I'll second your motion for another summer like the last one. Ample rainfall (though just barely) without a big storm, temps mostly under 90 degrees...

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