Kennewick — Temperatures should be back to near normal for winter in the Tri-Cities this month after a colder than usual December, according to the National Weather Service.
Highs usually average 41.5 degrees in January in the Tri-Cities and normal lows are 29.4 degrees, according to the weather service.
Precipitation also should be near the average for the month, which is 1.08 inches, according to the weather service.
December was unusually cold, particularly at night, with lows averaging 22.6 degrees. That is 6.2 degrees below normal.
On 12 days the high failed to reach freezing and on only one day was the low above freezing.
Little snow fell in December in the Mid-Columbia, with the Hanford Meterological Service reporting just 0.4 inch, compared to a normal of 5.9 inches.
The entire year was drier than usual, with precipitation in the Tri-Cities totaling 5.49 inches, which was 2.24 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged near normal for the year.