March natural gas prices traded fractionally higher during the initial morning hours, as they tried to recover from Thursday's downdraft. The market came under added downside pressure after the EIA reported a decline in weekly storage of 233 bcf that was in line with expectations. Some traders indicated that while there were regional storage declines as a result of extreme winter conditions, ideas that the winter season was drawing to a close seemed to reduce the chances for more weekly draws ahead. The EIA pegged total US natural gas storage at 1,911 bcf. Over the last four weeks natural gas storage has declined 805 bcf. As of Wednesday, natural gas open interest was up for the 13th day and marked an increase of nearly 15% over that time period.