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Big Changes in Weather Expected in Early January

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The National Weather Service says enjoy the snowless December with above average temperatures because things are going to change in early January.

The National Weather Service says Central New York could see temperatures in the 20s and snowstorms as 2016 begins.

Dave Nicosia, Warning Coordinator for the National Weather Service in Binghamton said Tuesday that it will get significantly colder next month and we may get into a stormy weather pattern.

The powerful El Niño in the tropical Pacific Ocean is peaking and a ridge of high pressure will start to build off the Northwest. Cold Arctic air will seep down from Central Canada and head our way in early January.

The overall forecast for January is warmer than normal, and Nicosia that could still be the case after the cold blast in the beginning of the month. The normal average temperature in January for New York state is about 23 degrees.

Thursday is likely to shatter the record for warmest Christmas Eve on record, and December 2015 will almost certainly be the warmest on record in Syracuse. This month is also likely to have no measurable snow, something that has only happened four times since 1902.

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