It’s way too soon to think spring, according to WQAD News 8 meteorologist James Zahara.
Even though milder temperatures, reaching into the mid-to-upper 20s, are forecast for the weekend, another strong shot of brutally cold air returns to the Quad City area for the first half of next week, Zahara said. That clipper is expected to bring single-digit temperatures for the daytime high, with nighttime lows below zero. More school and meeting cancellations could be in the near future, he said.
However as January ends, there is hope for better weather in February, Zahara said.
“Fortunately, I do see in my crystal ball (my long range computer models) that the month of February numbers are expected to start off milder,” he said.
However, people shouldn’t get too complacent with the milder temperatures because after the first six days or so of February, it looks like more intense cold will follow. The good news is the intense cold isn’t expected to last through the rest of the month, as numbers for high temperatures are leaning above normal for the rest of February, he said.
“Fingers and toes crossed,” he added.
Not only has this been a long, drawn-out cold winter season, it’s also been a fairly active one, Zahara said. That active pattern probably won’t be changing either in February.
Looking at this winter’s snowfall amount, Zahara said the Quad Cities area has already reached the normal amount of snowfall for the entire season, 30 inches, and winter isn’t finished yet.
“Back in November, I was looking at this winter season to be above normal in snowfall, and that appears to be right on. Plus, we’ll likely add another 10 to as high as 20 inches in some spots before we can put away our snow shovels for the season,” Zahara said.
So far this January, the Quad Cities area has received about 16 inches of snow with the average snowfall for January at 10 inches,.
Comparing this January to previous winters, there were a couple years, in 1989 and 1944, when the Quad Cities area recorded only a trace of snow during the entire month of January. In 1919 and 1932, the area received only 2 inches of snow in January.
The year with the least amount of snowfall for the entire winter season was back in the 1921-22 season, when only 6 inches fell during the entire winter, Zahara said. That season was also no doubt a record for the least number of visits to the chiropractor as well, he added.
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