After a brutal February, another colder than average month is predicted in March, according to the National Weather Service.
But the good news is that normal precipitation is predicted after a February where 41.3 inches of snow fell, according to an observer the weather service works with, who is located northwest of the Redmond city center.
Of that total, 32.1 inches fell between Feb. 24 and 27, including 17 inches in one 24-hour period starting the evening of Feb. 24.
The snow shut down campuses at the Redmond School District and other area schools and government entities for four days, before kids returned for a one-day school week March 1.
Ballfields where high schoolers were supposed to have started spring sports Feb. 25 were buried, and Redmond and Ridgeview saw games canceled in the Intermountain Conference basketball tournament, an event created because of snow canceling games earlier in the winter around Central and Eastern Oregon.
The airfield at Redmond Municipal Airport closed Feb. 25 and didn’t reopen until Feb. 28. After heavy snow initially closed the facility, the Federal Aviation Administration-owned instrument landing system at the airport was damaged by the snowfall, leading to an even longer closure.
Numerous wrecks were reported in the area. On Feb. 26, crashed semitrucks blocked SW Airport Way in two locations at the same time.
Residential garbage service was also called in Redmond off during the week.
The average temperature of 29.3 degrees in February was six degrees below normal, according to the weather service. The coldest average February temperature was 25.2 degrees in 1989.
The 2.31 inches of precipitation in February was the second most on record, just behind 2.37 inches in 1986.