Winter: Warmth ruling

Thus far this season, the region has had about one week of winter, and after a wintry start to February, the mild trend could well resume.

Officially, the January temperature at Philadelphia Internationl Airport finished January at 3.4 degrees Fahrenheit above normal.

Thus, since Dec. 1, the temperature for the meteorological winter stands at a full 4.5 degrees above normal.

The wild winds of the last 12 hours signal a significant change to the wintry side, and a couple of snow chances pop up in the forecasts for the next several days.

But only a cosmically cold February would bring overall winter temperatures to anywhere near long-term averages.

And in its afternoon update, the Climate Prediction Center is saying the models favor above-normal temperatures in both the 6-to-10 day and 8-to14 day periods.

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