Colder in Michigan than at the Winter Olympics

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It's finally here and the Winter Olympics is the talk of the town. A common perception of Russia is that it is a very cold place. True enough, it is home to some of the coldest places on Earth such as the Siberian wilderness, but like any of Earth's large nations, of which Russia is the largest, it has a diverse climate no different than the United States does. Sochi is very far south in Russia at a similar latitude to Michigan and further south than most of Europe, including Germany and most of France. Bordering the Black Sea, it's home to many palm trees and a temperate climate.

In fact, the forecast for the upcoming week in Sochi is calling for highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s and 40s, which are normal February temperatures for Sochi, while our own Mid-Michigan forecast will be lucky to get above freezing this upcoming Thursday. As I understand it, most of the Winter Games are in the indoor arenas or in the nearby snowy mountains, but at a glance, it is interesting to note the unusual climate of the host city of the Winter Olympics.

For us in Mid-Michigan, our average high temperature has climbed to 32 degrees, so you can say that any high temperature below freezing is officially below average for this time of year. The week ahead will see many more below average temperatures. Here's what we can expect:

Saturday night... Light snow continues on and off under a weak area of low pressure. Total accumulations about 1". Low temperatures in the mid to low teens.

Sunday... More light snow in the morning and possible early afternoon. New accumulations about 1" or less. Highs around 20.

Sunday night,... clouds start to break up as high pressure moves in. Lows in the single digits.

In the week ahead... Monday and Tuesday will be the coldest with highs in the teens and lows near 0. Those days should also be mostly sunny, but there is a chance for a few lake effect flurries Monday. The next round of snow looks to arrive Thursday and Friday with more snow possible next weekend.

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