Chicago police say 2014 has gotten off to a markedly less bloody start than recent years in the Windy City, though they admit that the historic deep freeze was a factor in the reduced body count.

Police report 21 homicides took place in Chicago in January 2014, down exactly 50 percent from the 42 homicides reported during the same month last year, DNAinfo Chicago reports.

Shootings in Chicago were also down in January 2014 compared to January 2013, police say.

The Chicago Sun-Times notes that January in Chicago included 11 days with subzero temperatures, which a police spokesman said “is a factor” in the reduced killings, though it was not the only one.

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