Illinois, along with the entire Midwest, has gone through a string of months, starting last fall of above to much above normal temperatures. February looks to be another month where temps will end up well above normal, with little to no snow.
After a mild first week of the month, DTN chief meteorologist Bryce Anderson says the long range forecast looks more like March than February.
While the mild temps might be good for people and heating bills, there is some downside, says Anderson. Earlier draw on soil moisture, earlier weed and insect activity and winter wheat coming out of dormancy before it should.
Anderson expects above normal precipitation for the rest of the month, but generally in the form of rain, not snow.