“January, month of empty pockets! Let us endure this evil month, anxious as a theatrical producer’s forehead,” wrote French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. Two frostbitten thumbs-up for Colette!

Look, if there were no January, we might just take July for granted. Weather is a metaphor for life. Pain and suffering aren’t optional. Power through the storms and bitter setbacks — there’s always another warm front up ahead.

Right on schedule, a thaw is likely next weekend: 30s! I’m always amazed how good “freezing” feels after surviving a near-death subzero experience.

NOAA’s GFS model pulls El Niño-warmed 40s into town by Feb. 1. I’m skeptical, but it gives us something to hope for..

Today? The coldest day of the year, with a chill factor as low as 35 below. Exposed skin may become frostbitten in 10 minutes. Take it easy out there. ECMWF guidance keeps us below 0 until 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Today we scrape bottom, with a unrepentant windchill that may leave you trolling for a dirt-cheap airfare to … anywhere.