(SOURCE) If you are looking to escape from winter, head west.
While parts of the East will see some of the coldest temperatures of the season and even in years in some cases, the West will experience record warm temperatures.
A ridge of high pressure will keep temperatures warm from the Rockies to the West Coast through this weekend.
Much of the West and even parts of the Plains have seen warm conditions so far this month with many record warm temperatures broken and more record-breaking warmth is on the way.
Is It Winter or Summer?
High temperatures will be 10 to 20 degrees above average in many locations west of the Rockies through Sunday. High temperatures will climb into the 60s as far north as Seattle and in parts of Montana.
It will feel like spring in Portland, Oregon, with highs reaching the mid 60s late this week. The average high temperatures at the end of April and early May are in the mid 60s.
Phoenix has seen high temperatures in the 80s since Feb. 5 and this 80s stretch is expected to continue through at least Sunday.
The Los Angeles basin will also see high temperatures in the 80s (and a few 90s in some spots) into the weekend. Highs in the low and mid 80s are more summer-like temperatures as the average high in late June and July are in the low and mid 80s.
Along with the warm temperatures a moderate Santa Ana wind event is expected through Friday with some damaging winds possible in parts of southern California where high wind warnings are in effect.
San Francisco will see highs in the low 70s for several days. This will make it feel more like summer than winter as high temperatures in June are in the low 70s. In fact, since Dec. 1, 2014, the average temperature in downtown San Francisco is 56.4 degrees and is so far the warmest on record for this section of the calendar, per the National Weather Service.
The above-average temperatures are likely to continue as the Climate Prediction Center gives a greater than 60 percent chance of seeing above-average temperatures in parts of the West through Feb. 24.