Rain christens spring tonight

MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette Ring-billed gulls forage for food at Indian park Sunday afternoon. Ring-billed gulls often are seen this time of year on lakes and rivers as they migrate through.

The meltdown from a major winter storm continues as mostly warmer temperatures — with no forecast of snow — will usher in the first week of spring.

More spring-like weather is expected, although some colder temperatures at mid-week will be a reminder that winter is not that far behind.

Spring officially arrives at 6:28 a.m. today.

At that time, the sun will be directly over the equator, marking the spring equinox here in the Northern Hemisphere.

National Weather Service forecaster Craig Evanego said it should be a pretty typical week for the month of March.

Today will bring increasing clouds with a high of 45 degrees and a 50 percent chance of showers overnight, according to the National Weather Service.

Any rainfall likely will measure less than one-tenth of an inch.

Tuesday will be partly sunny with a high of 51. Temperatures will dip overnight into the mid-20s and not get much warmer on Wednesday.

The high for Wednesday will be just 34, although there will be mostly sunny skies.

“A weak front that is going to cross the area will give us that one chilly day,” he said.

Thursday will be slightly warmer with continued sunny skies and a high of 37.

Friday will see a continued rise in the thermometer to head into the weekend. The forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of showers Friday and a high of 46.

“We should see temperatures by Saturday well into the 50s or even 60,” said Evanego.

The possibility of rain continues through the weekend, with temperatures in the 50s Sunday.

There may be a little bit of a “cool down” after the weekend, according to Evanego.

“The air mass doesn’t look all that chilly,” he added.