Most meteorologists say the Midlands won't be safe from a damaging freeze until sometime between late April and mid-May.
"If we get to the beginning of May and foresee a warm weather pattern for the next couple of weeks, then I'd feel pretty safe from a freeze," said Barbara Mayes, a National Weather Service meteorologist from the Valley office. "But if we get to the beginning of May and are in (or forecasting) a cold weather pattern, I wouldn't feel safe until mid-May."
This year, much of the country set records for warmth in March.
In Omaha, it was the warmest March on record, with temperatures averaging 56.4 degrees.
Mayes examined Omaha's previous five warmest Marches on record and found that all but one was followed by an April or May freeze.
Here are the Omaha numbers, according to Mayes:
>> Previous warmest March on record was in 1910. The month averaged 54.5 degrees, and temperatures dropped to 32 degrees or lower that year on April 24.
>> Second-warmest was in 1946, when March averaged 50.2 degrees. Temperatures dropped to 32 degrees or lower on May 11.
>> Third warmest March, in 1878, had an average temperature of 48.3 degrees and a final 32 degree or lower temperature on March 28.
>> Fourth-warmest, 1918, with an average temperature of 47.1 degrees and final temperature of 32 degrees or lower on April 20.
>> Fifth-warmest, 2007, with average temperature of 46.3 degrees and final freeze on April 15.
What's the forecast? There's a potential for freezing temperatures during the first half of the week, and after that conditions should warm up again, according to Tom Kines, a meteorologist for AccuWeather Inc., the World-Herald's weather consultant.