Temperatures are expected to continue to rise following what could be the last freeze of the season, meteorologists said this week. The forecast for warmer temperatures comes as the first day of spring approaches.


The first official day of spring will be Wednesday.


“We are getting to the part of the year where that freeze is more and more unlikely, but not impossible,” said Jason Godwin of the National Weather Service’s Fort Worth office.


Winter weather saw a late push when temperatures dropped to near freezing Friday night. Meteorologist Bianca Villanueva said temperatures hit 32 degrees in Sherman-Denison and Bonham, but remained just above freezing for eastern portions of the region.


For much of North Texas, the last freeze of the winter season typically happens around March 12, but freezes as late as early April are not unheard of.


Godwin said temperatures were expected to bounce back throughout the day Saturday and enter into the high 50s. Through Sunday and into the early part of next week, temperatures are expected to level out near seasonal averages in the mid 60s, he said.


Conditions are also expected to remain dry throughout the majority of the next week, with rain only entering the forecast Friday and Saturday. However, Godwin cautioned that it was still early and conditions could change.


“The big picture is that things may be getting more active by next weekend, but it is still early,” he said.


Looking out toward spring, Villanueva said climate forecasts call for temperatures to be near normal for the spring season. However, the region could see higher-than-average rainfall for the season.