New index confirms it: This winter is miserable
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The start of March is just a couple of days away, so visions of shedding your heavy coat and placing it into storage might be entering your mind.Unfortunately, the weather pattern for the final days of February and the start of March won’t cooperate with that thought process, particularly if you live along the northern tier of the United States.(MORE: March to Roar In With More Cold)Winter’s Frigid Temperatures Hang On
- Where: Temperatures will be 10 to 35 degrees colder than late-February averages across most of the Midwest and parts of the Northeast into Friday. This weekend, portions of the northern and central Plains and Upper Midwest will be 20 to more than 40 degrees below average. Some daily record low temperatures will be threatened each morning through the weekend. Near three dozen locations from the Midwest to the Northeast and Mid-South will threaten daily record lows on Friday morning.
- Midwest Region Details: High temperatures in the single digits, teens and low 20s will dominate from the northern Plains to the Upper Midwest and parts of the Great Lakes. Subzero highs will make an appearance in the northern Plains and Upper Midwest at times, especially Thursday and Saturday. Lows will be in the single digits and teens below zero from the northern Plains to the Upper Mississippi Valley and western Great Lakes. Some 20s below zero are possible near the Canadian border (North Dakota, northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin). Wind chills at times this week will be in the 20s, 30s and even 40s below zero from the northern Plains to the Upper Mississippi Valley and western Great Lakes.
- Midwest Notables: If the high temperature in Chicago stays below 8 degrees on Thursday, it would be the coldest high temperature so late in the season. Milwaukee could do the same if the high temperature stays below 5 degrees on Thursday. In Minneapolis, the high temperature on Thursday could fail to reach zero. This would join only three other times in history where a subzero high temperature has been recorded on Feb. 27 or later.
- City Forecasts: Chicago | Detroit | Fargo, N.D. | Minneapolis | St. Louis | Your Location
- Northeast Region Details: Highs will be in the 20s and 30s along the I-95 corridor from Boston to Philadelphia much of this week. Lows may fall into the teens Thursday through Saturday. Elsewhere, highs in the teens and 20s will take over locations from northern New England to western New York and western Pennsylvania.
- City Forecasts: Burlington, Vt. | Boston | Buffalo | New York | Philadelphia | Your Location
- South Region Details: Highs in the 40s and 50s will take over a large part of the South on Wednesday. Some 30s are possible in the Mid-South and southern Appalachians. Widespread lows in the 20s and 30s in much of the South Thursday morning, lingering into Friday morning in the Southeast. Near-freezing low temperatures may reach the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and Alabama Thursday morning. Temperatures 10 to 15 degrees below average will briefly dip as far south as central Florida Thursday, bringing highs in the low to mid 60s.
- City Forecasts: Atlanta | Charlotte | Dallas | Little Rock | Nashville | Your Location
How Cold Has this Winter Been?According to NOAA, the overall temperature for the Lower 48 in January was near average. This is because we had above-average warmth in the West balancing out the well below-average temperatures east of the Rockies. A total of 18 states from Michigan and Wisconsin to the Southeast recorded a top 15 coldest January.
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