2013-14 & 2018-19 winters are all similar to this one, sea surface temperature-wise.
However, lets analog further.
Let's take years with near/record cold in November to even early December with early snows, then near/record warmth in late December.
With those parameters, let's now take those years & see which ones resemble our current surface temperature anomaly pattern around the world & see that they are near neutral ENSO-wise (El Nino, La Nina).
Since 1880, I found three November-Decembers that met this criteria:
Others have some resemblance are 1959-60 & 2008-09.
1893-94 was actually the best match (mind you there was a lot less CO2 back then & there is a lot more real estate of ocean that is warmer now)..........
This is how January-February fared 1893-94.
Much of the Lower 48 saw below normal temperatures, expect for influence of a Southeast upper ridge. This brought temperatures above modern-day normal across Florida, southeastern Alabama to southern Georgia.
Our mean January-February temperatures ran around 2.5-3 degrees below normal.
1967-68; 1984-85 January-February periods all show mean temperatures of 3-4 degrees below normal.
Let's combine them all...........Jan-Feb. 1894, 1967, 1985, 2014 & 2019 for the fun of it.
So, superficially, there is a trend toward mean temperatures 3.5-4 below normal in years with a very cold, snowy November, then milder December with near/record warm temperatures after December 20 to December 31 & a near/neutral ENSO regime with anomalous warm blobs in the North Pacific off the East Coast to Greenland, southeast of Australia & northwest of Australia to India (+1.5C anomalies as compared to modern normals). Low solar was also figured into these years' similarities.
The cold tends to be widespread over much of the Lower 48.
There is a tendency for above normal precipitation in our area of 0.50-1.49" above normal for the two months.
West Lafayette Minimum Temperature January-February: