Winter so far in New Jersey: Not exciting, but still not over
If you're a snow lover, the 2016-2017 winter has been practically a dud so far in the Garden State.
Aside from a major snow event on Jan. 7, which brought the only 10-inch reading of the season thus far, this winter has been slacking with wintry weather production, compared to what's typically seen during New Jersey's cold season.
Both December and January ranked on the milder side in terms of temperatures, according to David Robinson, state climatologist at Rutgers University. December 2016 was the 28th-mildest December in 123 years on record, and pending finalized numbers, January ranked among the 10th to 15th warmest.
While the northern third of the state is used to seeing nine or so inches of snow during the month of January, the region ended the month in the range of four to five inches, Robinson said.
In the south, though, snowfall was above normal at an average of about six inches.
By the beginning of February, according to Robinson, the state as a whole typically averages about 15 inches of snow. But this season, accumulation amounted to under 10 inches.
Despite the lack of white stuff overall, New Jersey's highest elevations have still had a snow-heavy season. High Point State Park has reported over 30 inches so far, Robinson said.
And there's still plenty of winter left, meaning snow-haters are not in the clear just yet.
Climatologically speaking, February is on par with January snowfall, Robinson noted. And the state tends to get more snow on average in March than in December.
"The fact is we've got a long way to go with winter, whether the groundhog sees its shadow or not," Robinson said. "We should not let our guard down yet for winter weather."
The latest forecast from New Jersey 101.5 Meteorologist Dan Zarrow does not call for any significant snow events during the first week of February.
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