2019 certainly started off mild. High temperatures 8 of the first 9 days of January were 40 degrees or higher.
A pattern change did take place during farm show week, which allowed the cold to stick around most of the month.
Highs the last three weeks of January only surpassed 40 degrees three times, while lows were below 30 all but two days.
In terms of snowfall, the month started off quiet, but the pattern did become more active later on. A couple of inches of snow at a time got us to 9.5″ total for the month, slightly above average.
Despite the late-month chill, the warm start to January kept the average temperature for the month slightly above average.
After the most recent cold spell, February is starting off on a mild and dry note, though the combination of the two won’t last long.
A cooler shot of air will come this weekend, with a return to more seasonal temperatures expected next week.
Despite the groundhog’s prediction, it’s very likely we aren’t done with winter yet. Based on expected trends in the Pacific, we expect the seasonal chill to return later this month.
The good news for those who love the warmth is we’re not anticipating widespread arctic chill for the eastern United States.
Being on the fringes of the cold air will mean a mix of rain and snow events, with most snow expected to fall in the second half of the month, when the coldest air is expected to arrive.