Average winter low temperatures, of course, obscure important details about how climate change is affecting winters, like how the cold is distributed throughout the season. We also see cities lose freezing days further west:While these cities aren’t known for ice and snow, they do currently have freezing winters that are projected to become less so. For more on this, check out Climate Central’s new research brief, ON THIN ICE: How Climate Change is Shaping Winter Recreation. RCP 8.5 also doesn’t result in a vast difference in climate change estimates compared to other scenarios when looking at the middle of the century. The biggest unknown is what the world will actually do to address climate change.