March is a combination of warm days and cold nights cold in Nebraska as early spring sets its feet in the state. Eastern Nebraska is colder than the western part, but nights are below freezing statewide. Lincoln in the east averages between 28°F (-2.2°C) to 52°F (11.1°C), while Kimball in the west registers in the 23°F (-5°C) to 49°F (9.4°C) range. Precipitation is light and rarely crosses 1" (25mm) to 2" (51mm) in early spring. Snowfall is ample with Chadron in the northwest panhandle recording 9.6" (244mm) of snowfall. Hiking trails open in early spring, often winding up to vantage points that provide a bird's eye view of the surrounding landscape for miles. Driving through the Sandhills region with beautiful grasslands, lakes, and dunes is one of the great attractions of spring. The warm sunshine lasts for at least 7 hours, while fresh air and blooming flowers lift the spirits as the winter cold slowly fades away. Wear warm coats during the freezing nights and a light jacket or sweater during the mild days in March in Nebraska.