3.2.15: February brought record cold, snow to Northeast
AP) — February 2015 was one for the record books in the Northeast — the coldest month ever for four cities in New York and the snowiest ever for Boston.
The Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University says the New York cities of Buffalo, Syracuse, Binghamton and Ithaca shivered through their coldest months ever.
The average temperature was 10.9 degrees in Buffalo, beating the 1934 record of 11.4. The monthly average was 9.0 in Syracuse, 12.2 in Binghamton and 10.2 in Ithaca.
Boston’s 64.8 inches of snow easily beat the city’s old record of 41.6 inches.
The month also set February records elsewhere. Record lows for the month were also set in Hartford, Connecticut, at 16.1; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at 20.9; and Portland, Maine at 13.8.
Providence, Rhode Island, had a February record 31.8 inches of snow.
After cold and snow that set February records, southern New England is entering March with another round that could push Boston over its 20-year-old season record.
With 102 inches, Boston needs 5.7 more to break the 1995-1996 record of 107.6.
Snowfall of 4 to 6 inches is expected by early Monday across the area, with up to 8 inches in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Less is expected in northern Massachusetts and New York state, and on Cape Cod.
Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 20s and lower 30s, moving out of the deep freeze that hit the Northeast last month.
Elsewhere, heavy snow is expected in the Rockies, and heavy rain in the Southwest. Snow was falling from the Ohio Valley into the Northeast, with freezing rain in the Mid-Atlantic.