The winter of our discontent isn't over. The Northeast will enjoy a brief warm-up this week, but meteorologists are warning residents across a wide swath of the country to brace for at least another month of bone-chilling temperatures, ice and snow.
Is this the worst winter ever? Well ... the ugliness is in the eye of the beholder. Icy cold. Killer wind chills. Never-ending snow storms. Power outages, canceled flights, traffic jams — hey, you make the call.
There's no question that the seemingly endless winter has already pushed its way into the history books of some major American cities.
Here's a snapshot of where recorded snowfall totals are climbing the charts:
Philadelphia is in the midst of its third snowiest winter ever on record. Another round of snow Tuesday brought the snowfall total for this season to a staggering 58.4 inches — running just behind 65.5 inches in 1995-96 and 78.7 inches in 2009-10, according to The Weather Channel.
And this month alone ranks as the seventh snowiest February in Philly history with 21.3 inches. It follows the third snowiest January on record with 25.9 inches, according to AccuWeather.com.
New York City is grappling with the seventh snowiest winter on record with 57.1 inches of the white stuff, according to NBC New York. On average, the city only has about 17 inches of snow at this point of the winter.
Some 28.8 inches of snow has dropped on the Big Apple since the start of February — making it the fifth snowiest month on record and the second snowiest February on record.
The city's record for snowfall was set amid the 1995-96 season with a towering 75 inches, the station reported.
Chicago is digging out of the fifth snowiest winter on record with a total of 66.8 inches, according to the Chicago Tribune — trumping the full season total for 1951-52 of 66.4 inches.
Since the city began keeping records in the winter of 1884-85, snowfall in the Windy City has surpassed 70 inches only three times, the newspaper reported.
Detroit has been walloped by the third snowiest winter on record with 76.4 inches, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The snowfall total in the Motor City breaks the record set in 1981-82, the newspaper reported.
Washington, D.C., has seen the most snow in more than three years, according to NBC Washington.
Although snowfall totals in the nation's capital this year don't approach the record-breaking winter of 2009-10, the snowfall total of 15.2 inches at Reagan National Airport is roughly the equivalent of three previous winters put together, the station reported.
During the winter of 2009-10, BWI Marshall Internatinal Airport saw 77 inches, Dulles received 73 inches, and Reagan got slammed by 56.1 inches, according to the station.
And by Thursday, Lake Superior was 90 percent covered in ice, AccuWeather.com reported.
"By the long shot, this is the most ice we've had on Lake Superior in 20 years," Jay Austin, Associate Professor at the Large Lakes Observatory in Duluth, Minn., told AccuWeather.com.
The last time ice total came close to this winter's percentage was the 1993-94 season.
Indianapolis has been blasted by the snowiest winter season on record with 51.9 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
During the 1981-82 winter season, the city saw 51 inches.