January recap and looking ahead

January turned out to be a bit colder than average with less than usual snowfall in CNY.

Posted: Jan 31, 2018 5:57 PM

As January comes to an end we wanted to take a quick look back at the month of local weather. January started out brutally cold, with a low temperature of -22 on the 1st. This was the coldest reading of the month and winter season. 10 days fell below 0, with 3 days at or below -20. That's really impressive for this part of the country, even in the middle of winter. We're known for our snowfall here, and January didn't perform. We only saw 18.6" for the climatologically snowiest month of the year. The average is 27". Snowfall for the season is 45" as of January 31st, putting us almost a foot behind average for the date.

We do have a much more favorable snow pattern in our future. The jet stream keeps the cold weather in place, for the most part, and several fast moving systems will bring rounds of snow and lake effect snow. After a mild Thursday, with highs in the upper 30s, snow squalls return Thursday night. Much colder weather will follow, with a blast of arctic air for Friday.

We'll be keeping a close eye on the coast for Sunday, as low pressure develops and swings through. It's too early to say how much snow we get here, but it is something we'll be keeping tabs on over the next few days.

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