The winter of 2014-2015 was one of the mildest in recent southwest Idaho history. The coldest day of the season was Nov. 15, 2014, but December's lows stayed above historical averages. From Jan. 1-Feb. 5, all but three days saw fog blanket the Treasure Valley.
In McCall, the unofficial end of winter is usually indicated by the break-up of ice on Payette Lake; this year, the ice gave way on March 17, the earliest since records began being kept in 1909. This week's McCall Star-News reports
that Payette Lake froze on Jan. 15, so the ice was on the lake for only two months this year.
Heading into spring, the National Weather Service says
we should expect a "hodgepodge" of conditions.
"We’ll see a beautiful sunny day turn into a convective rainstorm and then into a wintry mix," wrote meteorologist Aviva Braun in the spring outlook for NWS Boise.
The NWS Climate Prediction Center says southwest Idaho should experience higher-than-normal temperatures in the coming months.