ITHACA, N.Y. — There has been less than half the normal amount of snow in January and El Niño will likely keep the warm weather around Ithaca until at least early February.

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Whether that’s good news depends on who you ask (Here at The Voice, we vote yes.).

According to the Northeast Regional Climate Center, Ithaca has seen only 7.5 inches of snow this January when it usually sees 17.6 inches.

The temperature has been about average this time of year, around 30 degrees, but January 11 broke the record for warmest weather on that day at 56 degrees.

And it appears that the warm winter will hold out.

According to, the peak of El Niño has already passed, but it’s still strong enough to impact the northeast for the rest of the winter.

El Niño is a storm on the West Coast that blasts warm air across the country.

“This year’s El Niño  is the strongest in at least 18 years and one of only five other strong El Niños since 1950,” according to The Weather Channel website. 

All the snow lovers out there shouldn’t lose hope, yet though.

Last January in Ithaca, the city saw 10.3 inches of snow, but February pounded the area with 24.1 inches of snow, about 10 inches more than normal. And temperatures were about 16 degrees below normal.

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Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.