VAN WERT – Weather specialist Rick McCoy said late Sunday that one would have to look a long ways to find a temperature switchover as dynamic as has been experienced over the last four days. Wednesday morning, the temperature had plummeted to -17 degrees, the coldest reading in the area in the past five years.

In contrast, Sunday afternoon’s high climbed to the low 50’s under what felt like balmy spring skies, a contrast in of nearly 70 degrees in the past four days.

“Out of curiosity, I plan to go through weather records books to see when the last time was when there was such a contrast,” said McCoy.” I know it’s been awhile.”

“Sunday I still was getting reports of people working on pipes that had burst during the midweek cold blast. Others were thawing out just from the side rise in temperatures.”

McCoy said he knows that there were a lot of area residents greeting February with a lot of enthusiasm. Ironically, said McCoy, 22.2 inches of snow fell on the area during January. Prior to Jan. 1, only two inches had fallen so far for the season. The average seasonal snowfall for this area is 32 inches, McCoy said.

McCoy said that area residents often recognize February as a month of mixed weather conditions and a gradual warming sun towards the end of the month.

“If that is the case, February is going to start out as a genuine February week of weather,” said McCoy.

McCoy said late Sunday that National Weather Service officials were predicting in the 50’s with rain on Monday, a moderate ice and sleet storm late Tuesday into Wednesday, a mixture of rain and snow later in the week and more of a winter tint over the weekend.

“Temperature highs for this week are going to vary between 52 degrees early in the week to low 30’s by the end of the week,” said McCoy.

“McCoy used to go by the slogan, ‘if you don’t like the weather around here, wait a few hours and it will change,” said McCoy. “Those enjoying such switches are really going to appreciate such changes this year.

“January is the snowiest month of the winter and the last week of January is the snowiest week,” said McCoy. “There’s one good thing in all of this; the supposed snowiest time of the winter is now behind us. We will just have to see what happens from here on out.”