Winter weather returns to start February

INDIANAPOLIS -- We're about to wrap up January and head into a new month.  So, it's time to check out what kind of weather the second month of the year may bring.

Before we do, let's talk about the crazy temperatures of January.  We had some frigid mornings. Eight days of the month started at or below zero.  January 2nd was our coldest morning with a low of -12 degrees.  On the flip side, we had some mild afternoons.  Seven days in January came with highs of 50 degrees or warmer. 

Which way will February go?  The month certainly looks to start off on the colder side.  The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center is calling for below average temperatures through at least February 11th.  Our average high does start to climb though.  We go from an average of 37 to 39 degrees.  It may not be much, but at least the numbers are moving in the right direction.

So, does a cold start mean more snow?  The outlook does call for above average precipitation through the first week of February.  There are some indications snow may fall across Indiana during the first weekend of the month.  Things may calm down a bit the second week as below average precipitation is expected across much of the state.

To sum things up, don't put the heavy winter coat away yet.  We still have plenty of winter to go. You might want to keep that snow shovel handy too.

An updated outlook for the rest of February will come out soon and we'll be sure to share it with you. 

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