SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - With temperatures dipping below zero, western Massachusetts has been treated to a January thaw, with temperatures running as much as 10-15 degrees warmer than average.
Warmer daytime highs have helped some people with their heating costs, and have also helped some others get outside and be social rather than hunkering down inside.
Even the snowshoers didn't seem to mind
"Now that we've got all this great snow, it's even nicer to be outside when it's a little warmer," Tracy Remelius of Tyringham said. "So you've got some sun, the snow gets a little more slushy instead of hard and crusty so it's nice to be on."
Our above-average temperatures haven't been good for people who want area ponds and lakes to freeze over, but for everyone else it's made it easier to go outside.
For those staying inside, keeping warm should be easier.
"Fuel bills and stuff won't be as bad because we use natural gas, so if the furnace isn't running 24/7 then I'd like 50 degrees that's for sure," Dan Delude of Springfield said.
According to Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, a typical home normally costs $220 to heat in January, but warmer temperatures could change that.
"A customer would pay about $165 now, so they would realize a $55 per month savings if in fact January continued to be 12 degrees warmer than the past 20 year norm," Andrea Luppi of Columbia Gas said.
That's about a 25% savings for every week it stays exceptionally mild.
There are some computer models, however, suggesting warmth will come to an end around the 17th or 18th of January. To see what the temperatures are in the next few days,