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Goodbye February, hello March

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MADISON (WKOW) - The month will end, most likely, on the cooler than normal side and just shy of a normal, February snow fall.

The blast of Arctic air, that kept temperatures in the single digits and teens for a little over a week, is the main reason why our average temperature is so cold. From the 5th through the 20th temperatures remained below normal.

As for precipitation, liquid precipitation measurements were below an inch but snow came very close to a normal February; in fact, Madison was just 0.2" shy of accumulating a normal February snow fall.

So how does March look to start off? The saying goes "In like a lion, out like a lamb" but March 2021 will come in like a lamb; temperatures will be a bit cooler with clear to mostly clear skies. The days following will also be quiet, but much warmer.

That means that the ice out on the lakes is going to be thinning; local reports still maintain that the ice is roughly a foot or so thick. Some fishers have reported that the ice farther down is becoming more honeycomb like.

Remember that ice should be at least 4" thick to support a person. Also remember that no ice is 100% safe and that you should use caution when stepping out on the ice as we move into the start of March.

Blaise Keller

Meteorologist – WKOW TV Madison

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