Actually it was quite warm until 2 days ago.
But compared to other years, it is still warmer.
Like when the big freeze came thru in 1988...
with the wind-chill factor it was 80 BELOW...
I was working at that time when it came in, and
went out on every break to start up my car to
let it run for 20 minutes or more. When I got
out of work at 3 p.m. it started... I drove home
to Vay, and turn it off... It didn't start for 3 days.
Luckily I had two of those off. The King had a
little car that we called bondo because it had
lots of bondo under the paint. We put a lamp
with a bare light bulb in the engine, and a blanket
on top of the hood and had it in the garage. It ran.
So he took me to work.
Then there is the winter of 1968-69 and just
before New Years, it was -20 as we had drove
thru this area on our way to a funeral in Minnesota.
It was -25 without the windchill factor. It was -45
And it was still going on when we drove back.
The road was black ice all the way thru Idaho
and as we pass thru Spokane on Highway 90,
we saw a trooper slide pass a car that he had
stop to check. When it warmed up to -7 we thought
it was a heat wave.
So it can be worse...