Retailers are poised to show only a modest rise in January sales as record snow in many parts of the United States kept shoppers away from malls and crimped demand for early spring merchandise.

January numbers will also reflect a pullback in spending by shoppers, after they opened their wallets during November and December, helping U.S. retailers post their best holiday sales in six years.

“It looks like kind of a lackluster month,” Nomura analyst Paul Lejuez said. “It is a clearance month, typically.”