New York Enjoys First Snow-Free Jan. in 75 Years
February also sizing up to be warmer than usual
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2008 3:02 AM CST
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(Newser) – Barring a freak blizzard later today, this month will go down in history as New York City's first January without snow since 1933, reports LiveScience. Only a tiny dusting of snow, "not enough to measure," has fallen so far.  An expert from the state's climate office says warmer temperatures and a lack of storms are behind the Big Apple's lack of snow.

"We didn’t have any big coastal storms that hit the city," the expert said. "Those are the storms that give the city its big snowfalls." He noted that even when storms approached, mild temperatures turned any possible snowfalls into rain. February is expected to be warmer than usual as well, but New Yorkers know better than to write off the possibility of a late-season snowfall.