January is a milestone in Twin Cities climatology. It's the month where we leave the holidays behind and look forward to the next season in line, spring. Meteorological Winter is the months of December, January and February. So, hypothetically speaking, January 15 is the middle of winter. January is the month where our temperatures hover at their lowest before starting to warm up again on their way to warmer days. However, the coldest temperature ever in the Twin Cities occurred on January 21, 1888 when the mercury bottomed out at -41°. Below are graphics showing the average highs and lows for the month of January. As you can see, we don't move much on the thermometer during the first month of the year.
It's not March or November, but actually the month of January where we see the greatest average monthly snowfall. During the next 31 days you can expect to see just over a foot of the white stuff. Of course that is average, and one thing about Minnesota is that we seem to deviate from average on a regular basis.
The shortest amount of daylight occurred back on December 21st, and now we can expect to see the sun extend it focus on our state as we continue to head towards the longest day of the year, which is on June 21st. Although gradual, the sunrises are getting earlier and the sunsets are getting later.
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