February has been quite a month across the Central and Western U.S., with locations from Seattle to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to Minneapolis-St. Paul all setting monthly snowfall records. Denver and Salt Lake City have seen good snowfall this month as well, with the entire region experiencing below average temperatures.
Medium to long range models are in agreement that spring is not coming anytime soon either as the calendar flips to March. Significant troughing across the Central and Western U.S. will likely result in below average temperatures over the first two weeks of the month, with frequent storm systems likely to bring additional snowfall.
Check out NOAA’s 6-10 day and 8-14 day temperature outlooks, showing the strong bias toward colder than normal temperatures.
The storm track will remain active over the first couple of weeks of March as well, with meaningful snow events a strong possibility for cities such as Denver, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, and Chicago. The cold pattern will likely relax somewhat over the middle to second half of the month, partly due to the fact that sustained cold is harder to come by that late in the year.
However, signs do point toward near/below average temperatures over the second half of the month with above average precipitation projected across much of the country. It does not look like winter will be going away quietly this year.