January grilling weather doesn’t come often

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - As highs look to push to the lower 50s on Saturday, this gives an opportunity to look back in history to see how often this happens around eastern Iowa.

A “January thaw” occurs quite often with brief bouts of mild weather in the 40s and sometimes 50s, though it can be accompanied by clouds and fog or gusty winds.

Reaching 50 or more on any given day has low odds. The chance is only 1% on January 1st and rises to around 5% by the end of the month. In January 2002, Cedar Rapids got to 50 or better nine times!