January Thaw as Warm Weather Hits Tri-State

By Storm Team 4
|  Monday, Jan 14, 2013  |  Updated 8:48 AM EDT
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Raphael Miranda's forecast for Saturday, January 12.

Raphael Miranda's forecast for Saturday, January 12.

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Early Morning Forecast for Saturday, January 12

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Tri-state residents can leave their winter weather gear at home, but take along an umbrella, as a stretch of  warm weather and showers hit the area.
 
A surge of the jet stream in the north allows warmer air to pile into the tri-state, and temperatures will be in the 50s Saturday, with an expected high of 58 on Sunday. Showers are also expected Sunday.

 
Meteorologists say the average high for this time of year is 38 degrees, with a low of 26. 
 
The January thaw will continue through the week, but by Friday the high temperatures dip below 40 degrees again.
 
Meteorologists say there is a chance for significantly colder weather by the end of the month, possibly by the end of next week. 
 
The lack of the usual January chill has been embraced by some residents -- but not all.
 
"I not only like it, I LOVE it!" wrote Mary Ann Noto Louw on NBC 4 New York's Facebook page. "Keep it coming!"
 
But Donna L. McGinnis thinks the cold weather temperatures are necessary to "kill germs and some pests that are going to be a problem in the spring."
 
But yet another resident sees some benefit of the warmer temperatures.
 
"I like it warmer, easier on the heating oil bills!" says Joann Carigan.
 

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