Bitter-Cold, Snowy January Followed by Pleasant Start to February

Updated: 02/01/2014 8:31 PM By: Cassie Hart

Snow in Duluth.
Snow in Duluth.
Photo: Photo courtesy of Nicole Conley.

After a bitter-cold and snowy January the month of February gets off to a much better start. Meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas said January went down in the record books as the eight snowiest January. Roughly 22 inches of snow fell for the month in the Twin Cities. The standard amount is about 12 inches.

So far this season, 39 inches of snow has fallen in the metro. 50 inches is the usual amount for the season.

The cold was also nothing to shake a stick at. It was the coldest January in 20 years as temperatures were about 7 degrees below normal. Temperatures averaged around 8 degrees for the month of January.

Something to look forward to, temperatures for the month of February usually fall in the mid 20s.

Saturday was warmer, with highs around 18, and some flurries.

The cold moves back in for Super Bowl Sunday and Groundhog’s Day, with a high of 10. Sunshine is in for the forecast, which means Punxsutawney Phil could see his shadow.

That means six more weeks of winter, according to folklore.