So have you seen the forecast? Conditions will be much warmer within a week. We're talking highs in the 40s. By Tuesday (2-18) temperatures should be above freezing and steadily warm up through Friday. It probably won't last by next weekend, but in those few days, we can expect potentially rapid snowmelt, which could lead to localized flooding, along with some fresh rain and snowfall. So be prepared as you break out the shorts and flip flops.
So when was the last time we were above freezing? It's been a while... As of February 13, Lansing's last high temperature of 32 degrees or higher was on January 14 with a high of 37. So we've basically gone an entire month with subfreezing temperatures. The normal high temperature is now 33 degrees and slowly increasing into the summer, so you if the high is below freezing, it is officially below average. As of February 13, every high temperature in February has been below average.
As for snowfall, the normal total seasonal amount that Lansing receives is 51.1". We officially passed that on February 9. As of February 13, we have received 51.3" and more snowfall is in the forecast. In addition, March averages 7" and April averages 1.9", so we likely still have plenty more snow to expect before spring takes over.
Much of the country is seeing above average snowfall, which has been causing huge problems in the south. I looked around a bunch of cities and it took me a while to find some that are BELOW average for snowfall. Here are some totals and how much above or below average they are as of February 13:
Lansing: 51.3" (+15.1")
Chicago: 62.1" (+37.1")
New York City: 51.0" (+34.6")
Detroit: 70.8" (+42.3")
Oklahoma City: 8.7" (+2.6")
Atlanta: 3.6" (+1.7")
Dallas: 2.8" (+1.9")
Meanwhile, Los Angeles has had 0", which is normal.
And on the opposite end of the spectrum, these cities have BELOW average snowfall so far this season:
Marquette, MI: 115.2" (-17.8")
Anchorage, AK: 44.6" (-10.1")
Bismarck, ND: 23.2" (-9.5")
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