There won't be record ice coverage this year -- just more than twice normal.
Meanwhile we've had spring like weather much of this month in southwestern Montana. Despite above average temps there is plenty of snow in the ski areas (with little to no snowmaking) -- they are going strong. Here are a couple shots from Bridger Bowl today, post closing, a dozen miles from our home.
A bracing shot of winter weather is coming this weekend. Here is the forecast.
The actual snowfall is usually multiples of what the NOAA scientists predict. Their models suck.
Locals have warned me that a mild February is a big head fake. When this weather pattern sets in it means feet of snow in April and May. The locals haven't been wrong yet. We will see.