Taste of spring in February

Temperatures will remain above average through at least Feb. 23.
Temperatures will remain above average through at least Feb. 23.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — February is the last month of meteorological winter but the temperatures are going to remind you of spring in the coming days.

We are more than halfway through the month of February and so far it has been dominated with warmth. Eleven of the past 15 days have been above average with temperatures running nearly 3 degrees above average. With the exception of the northwest U.S. — much of the country has been warm.

North American temperature anomaly
North American temperature anomaly

No surprise that there’s very little snow on the ground across southern Lower Michigan and those that do have it will lose it quickly in the coming days.

Snow depth across Wisconsin and Michigan
Snow depth across Wisconsin and Michigan

Temperatures will not only be warmer than average but a few days will come close to record highs.

Record highs vs. forecast temperatures
Record highs vs. forecast temperatures

This will not be a fleeting warm trend but will continue for at least a week. High temperatures in the coming days will be similar to late March and early April averages.

meteogram-temp-bar-graphSpring fever will be well established after this warm trend and most will be wondering if this is it for winter. Storm Team 8 doesn’t think so. They believe we could end the month with a significant snow event and certainly colder temperatures.

GFS model forecast for February 26
GFS model forecast for February 26

The U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday warned that as the air temperatures rise, the Great Lakes will still be dangerously cold and surface ice could melt quickly, making it unsafe to venture out. The Coast Guard said winter sportsmen should stay away from cracks, seams, pressure ridges, slushy areas and darker areas, all of which can show that the ice is too thin to be safe. Ice near the shore may also be dangerous due to shifting, expansion and warming.

>>Online: More safety tips from the Coast Guard

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