The new year may have started off cold, but it was no where near as cold as it was in early January 2010. After being blanketed with two feet of snow in December 2009, with most of that occurring around Christmas, Fargo Moorhead had on average 13 inches of snow on the ground as 2009 ended.
Once the Christmas storm moved out of the region, the north wind on the back side of that system brought some bitterly cold air from Canada into the region. What turned out to be the coldest air of the season arrived with both the low and the high staying below zero on January 1, 2010. The next morning, the low temperature at Hector Int’l dropped to -33 degrees. That was and still is the record low for this date and it is also the last record low recorded locally.
After that bitterly cold start, January 2010 ended up finishing slightly above average and at least in the short term, our temperatures also look to be above average by this weekend.