March of 2012 was a remarkably warm month across the Northern Plains. There had been very little snow that winter and very little cold weather. Snow briefly accumulated to 9 inches early in the month, but that quickly melted. A deep area of low pressure produced several days of warm and very windy weather around the middle of the month.
The warmest day was March 18, when the high was 78 degrees with an overnight low of 60. That remains the warmest overnight low temperature on record in Fargo in March by 12 degrees. That month, six days in March reached highs in the 70s and another six had highs in the 60s. The average high for the month was 53 degrees and the average low was 30.
Contrast that with the current March, which has registered seven overnight lows below zero and one afternoon high below zero on March 3 when the high was -1 degrees and the low was -20 degrees.