How cold was January, 1963? My grandmother died that month and the ground was too frozen to dig graves.
Much like this January, January, 1963 was brutally cold and very snowy. The month’s average temperature of 13.3 degrees was 10.5 degrees below normal and tied 1918 for the city’s sixth coldest January on record. The month opened mild with several days in the 30s and lower 40s, but a powerful arctic cold front arrived on the 10th dropping the mercury below freezing, a level never achieved the rest of the month. There were 15 below zero days including a six-day stretch from Jan. 20-25. The coldest day was Jan. 23 with a high of just minus 4 and a low of minus 18. Snowfall totaled 21.1 inches with the month’s biggest storm on the 19th when nearly 9 inches fell.