In meteorology, we consider winter to be the 3 coldest months of the year, which in the Northern Hemisphere is December, January and February. Therefore, January 15 roughly marked the half way point of winter. That period finished very close to average for temperatures in the Red River Valley with average temperatures from right at average to a couple of degrees below, but central and western North Dakota temperatures ranged anywhere from 5 to 10 degrees below normal. Bismarck for example recorded the 18th coldest start of winter on record and Bowman it was the 4th coldest. Snowfall was similar with well above amounts in the west and near average in the east.