Winter strikes back…
February was quite a bipolar month, with the first couple weeks warm and very much resembling last winter’s balmy conditions; and then things changed just after the Valentines day.
Words don’t do justice, so I’ll let the numbers speak for themselves
- 26.6 inches of snow in 14 days
- Record low of -14 on the 26th (currently the lowest temperature on record for the UI station on the leeside of winter: after Feb 17th)
- Last night’s dumping, most spots upwards of 10″, not included in the February totals
To date the accumulated snow stands at 71.7″, about 60% above normal for this point in the season.
Most SNOTEL stations in Northern Idaho/western Montana follow this signature, with the Cascades trying to make up for a number of warm high-snow level systems the robbed them of snowpack in January.
I don’t think we’re done yet, as the persistent trough has a stronghold over the west coast and is likely to not be pushed out in the next couple weeks. This is very much consistent with a La Nina like regime and it wouldn’t be surprised to see an additional 15″ of snow the next time we look at things on April 1st.