BY O.J. EARLY
Put the winter gear in the closet, at least for the time being.
The next few days will feel a lot like spring.
The National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts high temperatures near or above 60 degrees for much of the week, with no chance of snow.
"Mid-week we are running about 60 to 65 degrees. That's about 12 degrees above normal," said Terry Getz, a meteorologist with NWS in Morristown. "Really, we are looking at above-normal temperatures all week."
This week's weather is in sharp contrast to last week, when Winter Storm Pax dumped more than 5 inches of snow across Greene County.
Winter-weary residents will get a break this week.
Normal high temperatures for Greeneville hover in the low 50s this time of year, Getz said. The normal low is 29.
The best chance for rain will come tonight and Thursday night, Getz said.
The highlight of this week's forecast, according to Getz: no snow.
"I guess everyone has had enough snow, so everyone should be pleased that we don't have snow in the forecast," he said with a laugh.
Thursday is projected to be the warmest day in weeks in the Greeneville area.
NWS predicts a high temperature of 64, a low of 45 and only a 10 percent chance of rain.
Tuesday's high temperature is expected to be 59 and Wednesday's is 60. Lows aren't expected to dip below freezing again until Sunday.
The first official day of spring is March 20.