Ithaca, N.Y. — We’ve likely seen the worst of this season’s unreasonably cold temperatures, according to the local National Weather Service.

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Temperatures again sank to the single digits on Wednesday. It’s about 22 degrees as of 1 p.m.

The good news?

The day with the coldest average historical temperature is Jan. 19, which was Monday. Mean temperatures then begin crawling up, slowly but surely.


“Climatologically, the coldest few days of the year are right now,” the NWS said in a post on Monday. “Averages only go up from here.”

The NWS continued:

“WELCOME TO THE BOTTOM; THE RIDE UP BEGINS … Daylight is already about a half hour longer than at winter solstice (Dec 21st).”

See related: It’s -7 degrees in Ithaca right now (30 degrees colder than Antarctica)

Weekly forecast

Below is the rest of the forecast for this week. We’re supposed to get less than an inch of snow tonight.

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Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.