Fall Creek Photo by Joe Scaglione, owner of Photography 4d

ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca saw its most snow-free January in nearly a decade with 7.6 inches of the powdery white stuff on the record. That’s exactly 10 inches below normal for this time of year.

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The last time there was less snow was in 2008, when only 6.9 inches of snow fell, according to the Northeast Regional Climate Center.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s been warmer than usual, just less wet. The average temperature for the month was 31.7 degrees, just above the 31.3-degrees normal for this time of year.

How did this January stack up against data from other years?

But will the warm temperature hold out?

Related: Is it even winter in Ithaca? 

The Voice reported last week that while the peak of El Niño has already passed, 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. 

The National Weather Service is predicting a 50 percent chance of rain Tuesday and a 90 percent chance for rain Wednesday in Ithaca.

As for snow, Ithaca might see some flakes Thursday night. But the weather service is otherwise predicting clear skies for the week.

Fall Creek in December 2015 Photo by Joe Scaglione, owner of Photography 4d

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Jolene Almendarez

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