After forecasts, still offering plenty of frigid January temperatures, saw no major changes over the long weekend, natural gas futures traded slightly higher early Tuesday. The February Nymex contract was up 4.2 cents to $4.304/MMBtu at around 8:55 a.m. ET.

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Compared to forecasting from prior to the weekend, Bespoke Weather Services said its latest temperature outlook early Tuesday produced “no net change whatsoever,” with the pattern still “biased to the colder side” through the end of the month.

“It appears this January will wind up the coldest January since 2014,” Bespoke said. “Looking ahead, the main question now is whether or not the colder pattern hangs on into February. We have discussed the idea of a more classic La Niña state returning into February,...