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Spring brings summertime temps to Longview region

By Staff Reports
March 20, 2017 at 10:10 p.m.

Sherry McCrary works on a watercolor painting of some tulips Monday in the J.R. Curtis Jr. Memorial Garden For the Blind  at the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center.

East Texas welcomed spring Monday — but with temperatures nearly 20 degrees above average, it felt like the region had skipped straight to summer.

The official Longview temperature climbed to 87 degrees in the hours after spring officially began early Monday morning, not quite matching the record 90 degrees set in 1936, but easily topping the average high of 70.

Today's high in Longview is expected to reach 84 degrees.

This first days of spring will continue to be unusually warm — and possibly stormy later this week, forecasters said.

“Our first widespread threat of storms comes on Friday,” said Marcus Bagwell, a meteorologist with News-Journal news partner KETK. He said the national Storm Prediction Center was outlin ing East Texas for a threat from severe storms by late Friday and into Saturday.

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