It may be hard to remember, but this is usually the most miserable time of year to live in the Hudson Valley.

Traditionally, the end of February through the beginning of March is the coldest and snowiest time of the year. In years past, many Hudson Valley residents would be restocking on ice melt and praying for any sort of break from the onslaught of snow. This year, however, we seem to have gotten off easy -- at least for now.

The extended forecast is calling for mild temperatures and clear skies for most of the last two weeks of February. Aside from a small chance of rain mixed with snow at the end of next week, there are no reported threats of snow storms headed to the Hudson Valley through the first week of  March.

Traditionally, the Wappingers Falls St. Patrick's Day Parade has been the unofficial "turning point" for the weather. This year, the parade falls on March 7. According to The National Weather Service, it doesn't seem like we'll see much of anything in the way of winter weather until then.

Of course, anything can happen. But for now, this weekend's forecast is calling for lots of sunshine with temperatures hitting the 50s on Sunday.  It's important to remember that the weather is usually much worse this time of year, so be sure to get outside and enjoy it if you can.

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