Daily Archives: February 17, 2013

A Busy Week Ahead

Good Sunday, friends. Our weekend is wrapping up on a cold note as gusty northwesterly winds continue to crank. These winds have produced snow showers and squalls over the past few days, but that action ends early today. That doesn’t mean we won’t have stuff to track as we have a busy week of weather ahead of us.

Temps today will range from 30 in the north and east to 40 in the far west. Some sunshine will fill the air.

A milder wind will blow for Monday as a storm develops across the plains and works toward the Great Lakes. Temps will head toward the low and middle 50s as clouds increase from west to east. Those clouds will eventually produce widespread rain Monday night as a strong cold front moves in.

Cold air crashes in behind the front for late Monday night into Tuesday morning. That will change the rain over to a period of light snow.

GFS 2That could put down some minor accumulations before all is said and done. Winds are going to howl and temps Tuesday will fall through the 30s.

Even colder air will move in for Wednesday as temps stay below freezing for some areas.

The next storm moves in by the end of the week and that one is likely to be windy and messy. More on that in the coming days.

To illustrate how this colder than normal pattern is likely to persist a while, check out the GFS Ensemble Temp Anomaly Forecast…GFS

That gets smoothed out the farther out in time you go, but the colder than normal trend is clear. This will also be a very active period with several storms working across the country. This is the type of pattern that produces late season major winter storms around here. Here’s hoping this pattern is a underachiever, so we can hurry on into spring. )

Have a great Sunday and take care.

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