This is the time of year when we set two milestones that signifies that our cold season is gradually coming to a close. The first is that the average high temperature now is 32 degrees or higher across much of North Dakota with the exception of the northeastern part of the state where it will take a few more days for the average to reach that level. The second is this is usually the time of year when many areas, again with the exception of northeastern North Dakota record the last below zero reading of the season. The average last negative in Fargo for example is today, March 9. Of course, we will continue to experience cold, but early signs of Spring are here.