National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

Based on records from 1901 to 2014 from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport


New Years Day Normals:
  • Average high temperature = 34°F
  • Average low temperature = 20°F
New Year's Day Snowfall  (snowfall and snow depth   amounts are incomplete) 
  • 38% of New Years days have an inch or more of snow on the ground (or about 2 out of every 5 years)
  • 9% of New Years days have an inch or more of snowfall (or about 1 in every 11 years)
  • 23% of New Years days see more than a trace of snowfall (or about 2 out of every 9 years)
New Years Extremes:

Highest Maximum Temperature
  Temp Year
1. 61°F 1973
2. 58°F 1966
3. 57°F 1979
4. 56°F 1985 + 1919
5. 52°F 2005
Highest Minimum Temperature
  Temp Year
1. 42°F 1979
2. 40°F 1905
3. 39°F 2012 + 2007
4. 39°F 1966
5. 38°F 1985 +1907
Lowest Maximum Temperature
  Temp Year
1. 12°F 1918
2. 18°F 1970 + 1963 
3. 22°F 2009 + 1999
4. 22°F 1977 + 1940
5. 22°F 1902
Lowest Minimum Temperature
  Temp Year
1. -3°F 1918
2. 0°F 1968
3. 3°F 1999
4. 5°F 1998 + 1969
5. 5°F 1902


Most Snowfall on New Year's Day
  1. 7.8 inches in 1971
  2. 5.5 inches in 1935
  3. 2.7 inches in 1961
  4. 2.2 inches in 1964
  5. 1.5 inches in 1932
Most Snow on Ground on New Year's Day
  1. 12 inches in 1970
  2. 10 inches in 1968
  3. 7 inches in 1971
  4. 6 inches in 1931
  5. 5 inches in 1962
Two-day Snowfall (New Years Eve / Day)
  1. 7.8 inches in 1971
  2. 5.5 inches in 1935
  3. 4.5 inches in 2010
  4. 3.4 inches in 1949
  5. 2.9 inches in 2008
Liquid Equiv. Precipitation
  1. 0.93 inches in 1961
  2. 0.91 inches in 1945
  3. 0.76 inches in 2003
  4. 0.73 inches in 1923
  5. 0.66 inches in 1948