The first big snowstorm rolled into the area to distract our attention from what remained of the ice on the tree branches from the week before. The storm started as rain before turning to snow, with very little – thankfully – freezing rain in the middle.
There was 16 mm of rain followed by 22 cm of snow, which melted down to 22.6 mm of water, for total precipitation in the last week of 39 mm. Added to the first week, we’ve now had 68 mm of precipitation in January, which is about 50% more than normal, given that we’re only halfway through the month. With regular precipitation forecast for the rest of the month, it will likely be a wet one by the end.
The warmer than normal start to 2023 has begun to cool off, but it’s still considerably above what we should expect. The average temperature for the second week of January was -2.7 degrees Celsius, a substantial dip from the first week at +0.1 degrees Celsius but still way above the normal for the month of -8.6 degrees Celsius.
Given that the forecast temperatures for the rest of the month will be no colder than normal and probably a bit warmer, January will no doubt be both wet and warmer than usual. The tile drainage is still running at a good pace, a sure sign of warmer weather, which also means the ground has not frozen to any depth below the crust on the surface.