- Temperatures fall today and stay cold for the weekend.
- Highs in the 30's for many spots
- There is the chance for some light snow tomorrow with light accumulations <1"
- As we head into next week things start to warm up by Tuesday.
- This milder pattern should hold till at least the end of the following week
- Expect temperatures in the 40's and 50's for this time period with chances at rain
- As we enter the end of January signals from the models, stratosphere and pacific suggest winter makes a return to the east
- The magnitude of this remains to be seen
Cold air moves in and light snow spreads across the region tomorrow...
The cold air holds until Tuesday when a warm front crosses our area. This marks the start of the milder pattern I am talking about. You can see this pattern is characterized by a trough of low pressure to the west and a ridge of high pressure in the east. Notice the low pressures over Alaska. This prevents arctic air from surging into the country..
As we then get towards the 10 day + period, evidence is building that we see this pattern start to shift back to cold and stormy for the east. That ridge of high pressure over the east could migrate to the west allowing storminess to form under it as seen by long range models below...
Remember this is a long range model which can be very volatile but putting a trough south of the Aleutian islands of Ak really helps pump up a ridge in the west and trough in the east which supports a stormy pattern. The model is hinting at this.
We also are getting support from the stratosphere which has about a 2 to 3 week lag in effecting what happens at the lower levels of the atmosphere. You can see below that way up in the stratosphere there are projections that things can really warm up. This puts stress on the polar vortex and can lead to increased chances at cold. Notice how the vortex is getting stretched out and weakened. This is called a wave 1 response. If it were to split, well then that would be even more impressive. We need to monitor this.
Generally what you see above can make its way into the lower atmosphere eventually. Just looking at this alone is pretty impressive. This is a very strong signal for our upcoming mild pattern to erode as we head into the heart of winter (February into 1st week of March).
Also, we have a pattern in the tropical pacific called the MJO that is projected to move into a favorable position towards the end of January. The MJO is an area of tropical convection that migrates into different areas of the tropical pacific. Based on where it goes influences the jet stream and in response our weather. Models are projecting it can move into a phase that supports this pattern..
Remember this is similar what long range model showed seen again below..
So we never know exactly what the weather will do but we can build a case as to where we think it can go. Based on the factors I outlined above I would not be calling winter off due to this upcoming mild spell. In fact we might just be getting started as we enter Feb. Of course I do have a bias because I love cold and snow but I have some major atmospheric factors along with model support on my side. Now we just have to see how this plays out. If things do not turn well then that's just how the weather is sometimes.