Bitter-Cold, Snowy January Followed by Pleasant Start to February

Updated: 02/01/2014 8:31 PM
Created: 02/01/2014 11:49 AM
By: Cassie Hart

After a bitter-cold and snowy January the month of February gets off to a much better start. Meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas said January went down in the record books as the eight snowiest January. Roughly 22 inches of snow fell for the month in the Twin Cities. The standard amount is about 12 inches.

So far this season, 39 inches of snow has fallen in the metro. 50 inches is the usual amount for the season.

The cold was also nothing to shake a stick at. It was the coldest January in 20 years as temperatures were about 7 degrees below normal. Temperatures averaged around 8 degrees for the month of January.

Something to look forward to, temperatures for the month of February usually fall in the mid 20s.

Saturday was warmer, with highs around 18, and some flurries.

The cold moves back in for Super Bowl Sunday and Groundhog’s Day, with a high of 10. Sunshine is in for the forecast, which means Punxsutawney Phil could see his shadow.

That means six more weeks of winter, according to folklore.

Freezing Rain Advisory

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Benton; Brown; Chippewa; Douglas; Kandiyohi; Lac Qui Parle; McLeod; Meeker; Mille Lacs; Morrison; Nicollet; Pope; Redwood; Renville; Sherburne; Sibley; Stearns; Stevens; Swift; Todd; Wright; Yellow Medicine
Expires: 11/24/2014 6:00 AM

Minneapolis/St. Paul

50° | 25°
  • Feels like: 20° F
  • Wind: WNW 16mph
  • Humidity: 85%
  • Mon Mostly cloudy and windy with snow showers
    25° | 11°
  • Tue More sun than clouds
    24° | 16°
  • Wed Snow showers
    24° | 6°
  • Thu Mostly sunny
    16° | 10°