Snow, ice, arctic blasts, and deep freeze temperatures made for our state's coldest February in over 35 years according to the North Carolina Climate Office. Across the state, the major reporting stations including Raleigh, Charlotte, Asheville, and Wilmington all reported far below normal average temperatures ranging from 6.5º below normal in Charlotte to 9.8º below normal in Raleigh.
The snowfall for Raleigh wasn't just above normal for the month, it was above normal for the entire winter season with a total of 7.9 inches. The average for Raleigh for the season to date is 5.7 inches. By comparison, Cape Hatteras reported 2 inches of snow in February. They have it so rarely that 30 year averages aren't even reported on their daily climate reports. Additionally, Hatteras tied for its 3rd coolest February on record and Raleigh tied for its 4th.
Now that February is over and meteorological spring - March through May - has begun, things are trending towards normal. Today's average high in Raleigh is 62º, and the forecast for the next seven days has our temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to the upper 60s.
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