It's something I did not want to read, but it's there, in all the Forecast Discussions, that the dreadful "start of the year warm up" is approaching. We experienced it last year as well, seven days in a row to start the year off with high temps above 40F. We've had a great December receiving 22.5" of snow and currently as I blog, a snowdepth of 8".
O'l Congress Avenue looks Wintry right now, but will not stay that way unfortunately. Take a look for yourself at how Spring like the beginning of January 2007 was. Happy New Year!