Over the past couple of decades, however, the dice have become increasingly loaded to favor the latter. There have been only four Marches since 1989 with a statewide average temperature below the 20th century (1901-2000) mean, and those months were barely below the average.
Next week's Spring Break looks to be consistent with recent trends. The GFS forecast below is valid for 6 PM MDT Monday and shows a high-amplitude ridge and associated warm weather parked firmly over the western U.S. It certainly looks like Spring Break will get off to a warm start.
The latter part of spring break is far enough out that we'll have to see what happens, but my money is on the week ending up well above average for temperature and below average for precipitation.
If this continues, snow-loving students should lobby the University to move Spring Break to the last week of February or first week of March. Those who want warmth can go to Ft. Lauderdale or Arizona like other college students!