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It's going to be real close to see if we end up colder than February 2015 here.  If we do end up colder then it'll be the coldest February since 1936. 

We have to average colder than 26.3 over the next 7 days to be colder than 2015.

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clouds held on strong through the morning but the sun has started to break out within the last half hour.  Expecting a jump into the mid 30s soon.  It'll be our first time above 32 since January 21!

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With the melt about to begin, my peak backyard snow depth this morning is 18".  The 8.5" late-December snow is now a hard, compact crust at the bottom.

This morning I cleared the snow drifts away from the edge of the roof so the thick ice in the gutters can begin to melt.

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4 hours ago, Jim Martin said:

 

I really wish I could live through something like that.  Watching this helps me understand why my dad said it poured rain and stormed in NW Ohio prior to the snow.  I can see the warm tongue do the reach around in this corner of the state the night before.  He seems to remember 2 inches of ice under the snow.  

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lol the point where Ohio/Michigan/Indiana meet. That stuff must have been insane.

2 minutes ago, Frog Town said:

I really wish I could live through something like that.  Watching this helps me understand why my dad said it poured rain and stormed in NW Ohio prior to the snow.  I can see the warm tongue do the reach around in this corner of the state the night before.  He seems to remember 2 inches of ice under the snow.  

At least in Lima, the way they tell it is that there had been storms on the 17-18/20-21 that produced about 12-15 inches of snowcover. Then came heavy sleet after midnight with heavy snow by morning. It caused a "elevated" surface as the snow hit blowing the drifts to insane levels. Further north/west didn't have those storms as they effected the bottom 2/3's of the state. I am from the Columbus area and never had anything like that before, probably never will again.

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made it up to at least 37 today.  Didn't reach our high until 5 and 6 pm.  Point forecast only has us dropping down to 34 tonight with SW winds.  Should help melting go through the night

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It rose to the low 40s here in town.  Once I removed most of the snow, the remaining snow and ice on/in the edge of the roof and gutters melted quickly.  Cedar Rapids hasn't officially hit 40º since before Christmas.

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With the milder weather compacting the snow it was perfect packing so I built an igloo with my nephews. Sometimes us snow weenies feel in the minority when we hear other people bitch about winter, but kids NEVER get tired of snow :wub:

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ORD up to 40 for the first time since Jan 14th. Models are over saturated in the boundary layer, which means 50 could be in reach tomorrow with the anticipated sun and wind/mixing. Deep snow cover may cap it in the upper 40s. 

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22 minutes ago, Cary67 said:

The winter window/favorable pattern Jan.25th-Feb21st has closed

yes. unfortunately, the path to real consistent spring weather is never easy and it will be a grind. I'd be good with 50's and 60's by mid march and nary another snowflake or below freezing day. Pipe dream, of course. 

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yes. unfortunately, the path to real consistent spring weather is never easy and it will be a grind. I'd be good with 50's and 60's by mid march and nary another snowflake or below freezing day. Pipe dream, of course. 

Fairly good shot you see those 50’s and 60’s next week.


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ORD up to 40 for the first time since Jan 14th. Models are over saturated in the boundary layer, which means 50 could be in reach tomorrow with the anticipated sun and wind/mixing. Deep snow cover may cap it in the upper 40s. 

Going to be a solid melt day today.

Mild temps/high DP’s/breezy/good amount of sun combo should do work.


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4 hours ago, Chicago Storm said:


Going to be a solid melt day today.

Mild temps/high DP’s/breezy/good amount of sun combo should do work.


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Apparently the bar for what constitutes high dews is low these days.  :P  Will anybody in the metro area even have dews above 35?

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Apparently the bar for what constitutes high dews is low these days.    Will anybody in the metro area even have dews above 35?
Today is pretty much ideal steady but not too rapid melt conditions because of the temps and sun plus dew points only in the lower 30s. Then tonight we'll see that slow down and pick back up tomorrow. This is how you'd draw up the initial melt off from a deep snowpack.

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2 hours ago, madwx said:

up to 41 already at 10 am.  The point forecast high was just bumped from 40 to 44 here.

It's not like the upper 60's and lows 70's of 2-22-2017 and as much as any snow junkie hates those first annual Feb spring teases it was  just an amazing early 8AM with the light wind and blue bird sky. And after yesterday being total trash with the high winds,  todays warmest temps of 2021  were much appreciated by the 4 legged members of the family.   The dogs were full of smiles finally being able to plow around in the snow without freezing their dinks and paws off.   Big big vitamin D haul this afternoon and the dogs will appreciate another romping in the shrinking deep snow to see what new smells are revealed. 

 

 

 

 

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