John Wheeler: There has been enough winter this winter for two winters
Our region had already packed in a pretty good winter before Christmas, but we've been gifted a second helping of winter just since February 14.
FARGO — This winter has been snowier than average, colder than average, and stormier than average; but what makes this winter seem so brutal to us now is that it just won't end. Since Feb. 14, there have been 53 days of colder than average temperatures and only 11 days warmer than average. Since Feb. 14, Fargo has received 34.4 inches of snow and Grand Forks 36.4 inches.
Our region had already packed in a pretty good winter before that with a heavy snowstorm and a brutal cold snap before Christmas. But we've been gifted a second helping of winter just since Feb. 14. Oh, and let us not forget that the most severe ground blizzard of the winter came the night of Feb. 14, with winds sustained more than 50 mph and gusting well into the 60s, trapping dozens of people in their cars overnight.