"Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush," joked Doug Larson. At the rate we're going, there won't be much slush left in your yard by late week. Today will be cool, but daytime highs top 40F tomorrow into Saturday.

As snow melts — due to a higher sun angle and more consistent puffs of Pacific air — more of the sun's energy will go into heating up the air. We'll see more snow in March, but March snows tend to be wet, slushy and fickle, with rapid melting and less disruption to your commute.

Going forward, the best chance of (significant) snow will come immediately after an arctic outbreak, as jet stream steering winds buckle, pushing a soggy southern storm into the Upper Midwest. Studying the latest models, that scenario is unlikely into early March.

Rain showers may sprout by Friday before Canadian air returns next week; highs in the 20s by early next week.

No, spring is not right around the corner. But Saturday afternoon we'll get a fleeting taste of lukewarm days to come.