Bismarck – February is typically Bismarck’s third coldest month and it’s 5th snowiest.
But this February was one definitely for the record books.
February may be the shortest month of the year, but it was long on cold and snow.
In fact, February 2019 might be one of those months we talk about for years to come.
We’ll start with Temperatures…Bismarck got above 32 degrees just once all month, on the first when we rose all the way to a balmy 42 degrees…after that, the bottom fell out…six days never got above zero…while eight other days had highs in the single digits. Nighttime lows were even worse…23 nights ended up below zero…in all February ended as the 5th coldest month ever in Bismarck and second coldest ever in Minot.
Then there was the snow, and it was unrelenting, even though the most snow in a single day in Bismarck was just three inches…23 out of 28 days saw at least a trace of snow…in all February ended as Bismarck’s 6th snowiest on record…in the Magic City, it was 4th snowiest.
And all that snow has Bismarck road crews plenty busy…Jeff Heintz runs the city’s Public Works department and says this winter hasn’t been too expensive…yet.
“We are somewhere, and this is at the end of January around $800,000…and our average is one point three million,” Said Jeff Heintz, Bismarck Public Works Director.
And the cold weather made things especially tough this year as the snow quickly compacted to hard ice…meaning road crews had to dump sand…and a lot of it…
“We’ve gone through about 32-hundred tons, we have in our sand shed, around five thousand to seven thousand tons, so we’re going through sand, obviously.” Said Heintz
So what’s been the most frustrating thing this winter???
“Dealing with the extremely cold temperatures for a long period of time, for almost the whole month of February, there were just a few days where we got above 15 degrees, that was hard because we’re used to a little warming trend.” Said Heintz
Unfortunately for Heintz and everyone else…more snow is in the forecast for this weekend.