What a difference a year makes: comparing the start of 2019 to 2018

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HARRISONBURG, VA. (WHSV) — It finally felt more like winter on Wednesday with highs rising close to 40 degrees.

However, 2019 started out with several days seeing temperatures in the 50s, even close to 60 degrees.

One year ago, it was a different story.

An arctic outbreak brought frigid air into the Mid-Atlantic for the first week of 2018. Only one day was above 30 degrees; the others were in the 20s and even the teens! That is roughly 20 degrees below average. From the 1st to the 6th of January 2018, every day was below average.

Several records were broken. January 5th and 6th both set the record for the coldest high temperature. To put those temperatures into perspective, the average high is 40 degrees and the average low is around 20 degrees for January in Harrisonburg.

Fast forward a year. Several days recorded highs in the 50s to start out 2019. On New Years Day, temperatures even reached up to a spring-like 60 degrees!

Three of the days featured temperatures from 10 to 15 degrees above average.

Warm temperatures will last through Tuesday, with temperatures likely hitting 60 again, but then cold air will return for the rest of the week. By the weekend, there may even be a chance for snow.