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      Toledo smashes record for snowiest January

      The first month of 2014 easily shattered the record for snowiest January ever recorded in Toledo, topping out January 1978

      Toledo finished the first month of 2014 with more snow than had ever been recorded in any prior January since climatological records began back in the 1870s.

      After another half inch was recorded Friday night at Toledo Express Airport before the clock struck midnight, it brought the January snow total to 40.2??. That not only was most snow ever recorded for the first month of the year, it absolutely obliterated the original record set in January 1978, when 30.8?? fell during the month. An average January in Toledo typically brings 11.6?? of snow. The Glass City also went from one extreme to the other; in January 2013, only 3.1?? was recorded.

      Top 5 Snowiest Januaries in Toledo History:

      2014: 40.2??

      1978: 30.8??

      2009: 30.7??

      2005: 27.6??

      1918: 26.2??

      The record setting January snow combined with the snow that fell in November and December has pushed this year??s snow total to 51.9?? (note: annual snow records are not based on the calendar year, but are kept from July thru the following June in order to encompass the entire winter season). That means Toledo would only need another 2?? to crack the Top 10 of snowiest winters ever recorded. If you??re curious, the snowiest winter ever was 1977-1978, when 73.1?? fell. An average year in Toledo is 36.7?? of snow.

      The other big weather story during January was the frequent arctic blasts that led to numerous instances where the temperature dropped below zero, with coldest point coming Jan. 6, when the mercury bottomed out at -15 in Toledo. The average temperature for January 2014 in Toledo, which is determined by averaging the high and low temperatures for the entire month, was 16 degrees (F). That ties 1893 as the sixth coldest January ever recorded.

      Coldest Januaries in Toledo History based on average temperature:

      1977: 9.6 degrees

      1918: 13.7 degrees

      1963: 14.9 degrees

      1912: 15.2 degrees

      1982: 15.7 degrees

      1893: 16.0 degrees

      2014: 16.0 degrees

      This has certainly been an eventful winter, and there??s still plenty of cold season to get through. Another substantial storm looks likely for the middle of next week, and the following weekend may also bring more snow. So regardless of what Punxsutawney Phil forecasts Sunday morning, you can expect winter to stick around for a little while longer in northwest Ohio.