January was not only cold but also was the sixth coldest on record, a local weather service observer said.

And January's cloudy skies showered a blanket of snow almost 17 inches deeper than normal, the weather watcher said Sunday.

The mean temperature for January was 14.4 degrees, 6.9 degrees lower than the normal mean of 21.3 degrees, said David K. Mattice, National Weather Service observer in Emmons. Records have been kept since 1854, he said.

The National Weather Service in Binghamton reported a high Sunday of 42 degrees. The record set in 1989 was 59 degrees.

Though Sunday seem a trifle warm, cold weather will continue this month.

Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog prognosticator in Punxsutawney, Pa., is scheduled to check for his shadow at about 7:25 a.m. today. According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather; if he doesn't, there will be an early spring.

Mattice said the normal high temperature for February is 31 degrees, and the normal low is about 10.

Today's high will be in the mid-30s, with a 30 percent chance of snow, the NWS in Binghamton said. The forecast is for high temperatures in the mid-20s Tuesday with a 50 percent chance of snow, and through Saturday, the forecast projects a 30 percent chance of snow showers.

January had four days above the freezing mercury level of 32 degrees, he said, and each night, the mercury fell below freezing. The highest temperature of the month was 39 degrees on Jan 23, he said, and there were 10 days when the mercury dropped below zero.

In comparison, calendar 2008 had seven days with temperatures dropping to the zero mark, he said.

Mattice said January this year also was wetter and snowier than normal.

Normal precipitation in January, which includes rainfall and water equivalents, is 2.54 inches, he said, and this January, precipitation was 3.74. Normal snowfall in January is 17.9 inches; this past month, snowfall measured 34.8 inches.

The winter season through Jan. 31 also has been snowier, with 63 inches compared to the normal 39.5 inches of snow, Mattice said.

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