"Baby, it's cold outside," doesn't even begin to describe the 2013-2014 winter.
While the most recent snowfall and extreme cold promises to break records throughout the country, local towns have found the winter so far to surpass all expectations.
Take Findley Lake, for instance. According to USA.com, the average snowfall for this village is 99.36 inches. (This site claims to calculate its data from 18,000-plus U.S. weather stations for the period from 1980 to 2010.)
Photos by David Prenatt
Pictured are some of the snowy scenes in and around Findley Lake this past week.
Last winter, Findley Lake pushed the envelope with more than 200 inches. However, this winter, according to the sign in front of the fire hall, the village has already seen 132 inches of snow in a little more than one month.
The current storm has been cited as the coldest arctic outbreak since the early 1990s. The forecast as of Sunday night called for a low of minus 8 in Findley Lake, with wind chills touching minus 30 degrees. The National Weather Service predicted a possibility of sub-zero temperatures for a 48-hour period, which has not occurred since 1983.
People are advised to take special precaution with animals and farm animals, as well as with water pipes. Care should be taken to make sure animals are warmer and protected from the wind.
And let's not forget the variety of weather conditions packed into a small period of time. The 48 hours since Sunday night have seen a heavy rain warning, a high-wind warning, a sub-zero temperature warning, a wind-chill factor warning and a lake-effect snow warning.
The storm may not make the winter, but this year, it's safe to predict that records will be broken and extremes will be experienced.