The new year is here, and the month of January can bring some tough weather here in the Mohawk Valley. So, what kind of weather will we get this month?

Let's go to one of my favorite sources for the answer. Here are the long-range weather predictions for January and the year ahead in central New York, according "The Old Farmer's Almanac 2015":

"JANUARY 2015: temperature 23° (4° below avg.); precipitation 1.5" (1" below avg.); Jan 1-7: Lake snows, very cold; Jan 8-17: Snowstorm, then lake snows, bitter cold; Jan 18-25: Occasional rain and snow, mild; Jan 26-28: Snow, then flurries, very cold; Jan 29-31: Sunny, mild.

Annual Weather Summary to October 2015

Winter will be colder than normal, with the coldest periods in late December, throughout January, and in early February. Precipitation will be below normal in the east and near normal in the west. Snowfall will be above normal in most of the region, with the snowiest periods in mid-December, early and mid-January, and early February.

April and May will be warmer than normal, with near-normal rainfall.

Summer will be hotter than normal, with near-normal rainfall. The hottest periods will be in early June, mid- to late July, and mid- to late August."

For more information, visit "The Old Farmer's Almanac 2015" at