Forecaster: Weather Pattern Swing from Winter to Spring

Story by Bill Fuller

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Winter is still here, but temperatures reached the high 70s Thursday and Friday in Louisiana and a forecaster says spring weather is moving in — even if spring itself doesn't arrive until March 20.

"The weather pattern is swinging from winter to spring and it will continue into next month," said Andrew Ansory, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Slidell.

This week's warmup came after a Fat Tuesday celebration in New Orleans where the wind chill made it feel like it was in the 40s, and winds gusted to 40 mph.

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