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Winter remains mild as January kicks off with above average temps

January starts the new year mild
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Posted at 11:48 AM, Jan 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-01 12:03:49-05

(WXYZ) — After wrapping up Detroit's third warmest December dating back to 1874, January appears to keep the mild trend going. It's already off to an above average start and it's showing very little signs of slowing down.

The most recent update from the Climate Prediction Center shows an above average trend leading into the middle of January. This will keep temperatures above our average high of 33 degrees, leading to milder weather.

After Jan. 15, the pattern becomes more interesting since several teleconnections are suggesting a swing could take place towards the end of the month leading into February.

El Niño can be a double edged sword sometimes during the winter where it can produce some really big storms for the Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic. So far, cold air hasn't been available during times when moisture is abundant, preventing stronger snow storms.