We have closed the books on January. The first month of 2019 continued the trend from 2018–wet. While temperatures were normal, January brought well above normal rainfall and well below normal snow.
In fact, so far in meteorlogical winter (December 1-Feb 28) we’ve picked up a measly 1.9″ of snow. That’s the least snowiest on record in Rhode Island. This, of course, does not include the November snow storm which brought ~6″ of snow.
February in New England is typically a cold and snowy month. Many of our memorable snowstorms occured this month (ie: Blizzard of ’78,) And while there’s no denying we’re still firmly in winter’s grip, the month ahead does show some signs of winter easing up.
- Our days get longer— we add 70 minutes of daylight!
- The temperatures warm up a bit– +5F by the end of the month.
The first weekend of February 2019 will bring dry skies and gradually warming temperatures. A brief spell of well-above normal temperatures early next week, will be replaced by more seasonable temperatures by Thursday.
NOAA’s February outlook calls for a wetter than normal month and near normal temperatures.