Ordinary January

January 31, 2014 Updated Feb 6, 2014 at 4:55 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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January 31, 2014 Updated Feb 6, 2014 at 4:55 PM EDT

This most recent arctic blast shut down schools and businesses and left people shivering in the cold but just how cold was this January compared to other January's here in Western New York?

The answer may surprise you, click the video to find out where we ranked in the record books through January 29th.

The month ended at an average temperature of 20 degrees which is nearly 5 degrees below average and finished tied for the 26th coldest in the 144 years the Buffalo National Weather Service has been keeping record.

Some interesting numbers to point out: January 2014 has been the coldest in the past five years and has been about 10 degrees colder than the last two.

January finished with 42.4 inches of snowfall, 17 inches above normal and goes down as the 12th snowiest January on record in the 129 years of records.

7.6 inches on the 8th of the month was the highest snowfall amount to occur within 24-hours. That amount broke the old record of 6.6 inches set in 1942. January 8th was the last day of blizzard warnings for the lake effect storm.

Interesting to note, at the beginning of the month lake Erie only had ice near the shorelines and by the 4th the lake officially froze over with ice in the inner harbor. Lake Erie hasn't frozen over this quickly since 2001-2002 winter.

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