"Slob weather comes in around New Year's, 'northern slob we calls it,' from the tenth of January until the end of the month. This means high northwesterly and northeasterly winds and cold temperatures before the ice comes in. After the end of January, more moderate weather can be expected. The winds die down, and there is more sun. The sea ice starts to pack into the harbor in February..." (Speaking of Fogo Island off the north coast of Newfoundland. See also slob ice.)
--from Robert Mellin, Tilting: House Launching, Slide Hauling, Potato Trenching, and Other Tales from a Newfoundland Fishing Village, New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.