ITHACA, N.Y. — It’s officially spring but Old Man Winter is still trying to get his kicks in the Ithaca area.

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The National Weather Service says there is a 30 percent chance of rain and snow Monday night and flurries have been spotted throughout the day. The Weather Channel says there is only a 15 percent chance for precipitation Monday night.

Either way, temperatures are expected to drop into the lower 20s Monday night, which is unwelcome news for Ithacans who’ve started to get used to the idea of wearing sundresses and flipflops soon.

While Tuesday should be clear with a 50-degree high temperature expected, the chance for rain will continue into the week with lows in the upper 30s at night and highs in the upper 40s and lower 50s.

The sudden burst of cool weather is a change for Ithacans who have seen some of the highest temperatures recorded in March in the past 20 years.

On March 10, the high temperature was 75 degrees. The only times it’s been that warm in Ithaca this time of year was in March 2012 when it hit 77 degrees; in 2000 when it hit 75 degrees; and in 1998 when it was a whopping 83 degrees on March 31.

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Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.