Mid-Winter Snowfall and Temperature Review

The first half of the Meteorological Winter (Dec 1 - Feb 28) has been cold and snowy across the Upper Midwest. Check out how Rochester and La Crosse temperatures and snowfall compare to normal, and how the rest of the winter could end up.

Average Temperatures (Departure from 1980-2010 Normal)

Rochester, MN La Crosse, WI
December 13.1 (-6.6) 15.6 (-6.0)
Jan 1 - 16 7.9 (-7.7) 11.3 (-6.0)

Number of Below Zero Days Rochester, MN La Crosse, WI
December 11 11
Jan 1 - 16 9 9
2013 - 2014 Total So Far 20 20
Average Total Dec - Feb 27 21
 
Snowfall (Departure from 1981-2010 Normal) Rochester, MN La Crosse, WI
December 13.1" 12.7"
Jan 1 - 16 3.9" 7.5"
Total 17.0" (-1.7) 20.2" (+3.6)

 

 
 
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How could the remainder of the winter end up? The latest forecast from the Climate Prediction Center shows a higher probability for below normal temperatures Feb through April. As far as precipitation, signals are less clear so there is not a strong probability either way for below or above normal precipitation.

Feb 2014 Temperature Outlook Feb 2014 Precipitation Outlook
Feb - April Temperature Outlook Feb - April Precipitation Outlook



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