Still weighed down by underperforming winter demand, and with weekend forecasts offering little indication that bearish weather headwinds will ease anytime soon, natural gas futures skidded lower in early trading Monday.

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The March Nymex contract was off 1.8 cents to $1.829/MMBtu at around 8:48 a.m. ET. April was down 2.2 cents to $1.863.

Weekend forecast trends included a “massive” decline in heating degree days in a recent run of the European model, according to NatGasWeather. The European dataset advertised significantly less cold finding its way into the Lower 48 for this weekend into next week, the firm said.

The pattern for this period will still see demand “finally above normal for a few days, just not as impressive” in the updated weather data, NatGasWeather...