Whenever we get a spell of snow-melting weather in January, a few people always ask if this is the "January thaw".

There is no such thing.

There are, however, usually at least a couple of days of thawing temperatures at some point in any winter month in our region. This is due to the natural up-and-down, highly variable nature of our climate, particularly in winter.

But to give these days a name as if they were a part of some strange phenomenon is nonsense. If our temperatures do rise above freezing for a few days later this week or over the weekend, please enjoy the break from the cold. Consider scraping ice off your sidewalks and driveways. But don’t think of such weather as being unusual in any way.

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