Prepare for a February ‘Big Chill,’ Cold Starts This Weekend
According to NOAA's 2021 February Outlook for the United States, Minnesotans should probably keep their long underwear and electric blankets handy.
What has been a very mild winter so far this season, is looking like things will be trending towards colder than normal for the next month.
This week's seasonal to mild temps look to continue through tomorrow, but things begin to chill down Thursday, with high temperatures struggling to get above zero beginning Saturday and continuing into next week.
NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the parent agency of the National Weather Service says that most of upper midwest can expect below normal temperatures this February, and near slightly above normal to near normal precipitation.
Here's our final forecast for the month of February, with the Madden-Julian Oscillation, La Nina, and Arctic Oscillation helping tilt odds toward below-normal temperatures for much of the country. Early to mid-month are likely the best chances for cold.
High temperatures will hover in the single digits above and below zero beginning this Friday through the middle of next week, with low temperatures approaching -20 each night. Expect wind chills to be significantly lower.
Winter gets pretty long in Minnesota, especially if we don't find ways to get out and embrace it. Skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, snow shoeing, skating, and just gold old walking are all great ways to get out and take it all in.
Pete Hanson is on 98.1 Minnesota's New Country weekday mornings from 5:30 to 10:00.
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