Daytime highs this week in Omaha are forecast to be nearly 20 degrees below normal, and overnight temperatures are likely to be about 10 degrees below average.
That's a sharp departure from last year when the warmest March on record was unfolding as hot winds blew in from the south.
A year ago at this time, Omaha was seeing daytime highs ranging from the 60s into the 80s. Nights typically were in the 50s and 60s.
This week, highs are forecast to be generally in the mid-30s with nighttime lows in the upper teens to low 20s.
The average high this time of year is 53 degrees. The low temperature averages 29 degrees.
More than 15,000 high-temperature records were matched or achieved in the United States during March 2012. In Nebraska, 425 such records were matched or set. In Iowa, the number was 1,118.
Sources: National Weather Service; World-Herald archives