HOUSTON -

As February unfolds, an unusually brutal winter continues for most of the eastern half of the continental U.S.  While southeast Texas hasn't experienced the volume of snow that neighbors to the north have dealt with all season long, the extreme cold has been a staple this winter.

The current forecast calls for below-normal temperatures through the remainder of this week, as one cold front after another sweeps through the south.  High temperatures won't top 60 degrees, while morning low temperatures will flirt with freezing on Thursday and Friday.

The cold weather settled into southeast Texas beginning in November.  According to the Houston office of the National Weather Service, the three-month period between November and January was the eighth coldest on record for the city. 

January, in particular, delivered the most extreme cold.  The city of Houston recorded 10 days with temperatures at or below freezing.  On January 7, Madisonville recorded a low of 15 degrees and Livingston posted a low of 16.

While precipitation in January was below normal, the area did see an impressive wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain.  Between January 23 and 24, most of southeast Texas got some type of freezing precipitation, with a 2 to 4 inch band of snow falling well north of Houston, through Madisonville, Huntsville, Onalaska, and Coldspring.