In yesterday’s blog I talked about the January thaw that is on the way. It is still going to happen, but we have to get through one more night of chilly weather tonight. Lows will be back in the single digits in most areas. I also showed a satellite picture of the ice that had formed along the lakeshore going out as much as 5 miles into the lake. Well, so much for that. The majority of that ice has broken off with the strong southwest winds we had yesterday and now that ice is floating in the middle of the lake and will quickly melt.
Our high temperatures later this week will get above freezing for the first time in two weeks. We would be a lot warmer if there was not an extensive snow cover all around us. Take a look at the picture below.
This is a snow depth analysis of the United States as of this morning. 60% of the country is covered by snow right now. That is a pretty significant amount. Last year at this time, only 40% of the country was covered in snow. Because the snow pack is so large and extends way to our south and west, as the warm air arrives it will be cooled by the snow at the surface. Without the snow our temperatures would be well into the 4os. Instead we will get to the middle to upper 30s. For those of you who have been waiting for warmth, this should make you a little happier. For those of you that like outdoor winter sports, enjoy the conditions right now. The long term forecast for the rest of the month is looking warmer than normal and it looks like most of the precipitation we will get would be rain and not snow. Thanks for reading.