January Thaw

01.09.13 | Sarah Harnisch

New York and Pennsylvania are going to be 15 to 20 degrees above normal for January by this weekend. Temperatures will be in the 50's by Saturday and Sunday. There are wind advisories in place for western New York and western Pennsylvania from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m., with winds steady at 25 to 35 miles an hour, and gusting to 45 miles an hour. Once the front moves past, the warmup begins. Kevin Williams predicts we'll be in the mid-50's Sunday. Next week, though, there will be a 40 to 50 degree temperature drop as an arctic front moves in.

Meanwhile, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officially announced 2012 was the hottest year on record. It was 3.2 degrees above the 20th century average. That shatters the previous record from 1998 by a full degree.