Daily Archives: January 17, 2018

Time posted: 7:32 pm

Wednesday Evening Thoughts

Good evening, folks. We have one more bitterly cold night ahead of us, then the pattern takes on a little different look in the days ahead. A January thaw looks to be in the making.

Single digit lows show up tonight with wind chills around zero or a little below. Any remaining flurries will quickly wind down.

Temperatures by Thursday start to moderate, with highs in the mid and upper 20s. Mid and upper 30s show up on Friday, with temps deep into the 40s for Saturday. That’s when we have a small shower chance. That chance is ahead of a strong cold front slated to arrive late Sunday and Monday…

Highs ahead of this will hit the 50s on Sunday, and could tickle 60 if we can get a ray of sun. Behind the front, temps take a seasonal tumble on Monday.

A big rebound takes place later next week, ahead of the next big storm system rolling across the country…

This is a very stormy pattern across the country in the coming weeks, with the bitterly cold setup taking a break.

Enjoy the evening and take care.


Time posted: 12:21 pm

Wednesday Afternoon Update

Good afternoon, folks. Pockets of light snow and flurries continue to put down some light accumulations out there today, as the arctic air remains. If you’re looking for a thaw, it’s on the way as we slowly pull out of this historically cold pattern.

Todays light snow will continue to put down some light accumulations…

Many of those flakes are arctic in nature, with very little moisture content, so they won’t show up on radars.

Lows tonight are back into the single digits, but that may be the last we see of those for a while.

We start to moderate those temps over the few days, with some milder days actually settling in for Saturday and Sunday. That’ ahead of a strong cold front, producing gusty winds and a wall of rain crossing the state late Sunday and Monday…

There could be a touch of snow behind that as temps take a bit of a dip. Seasonally cold air does sweep in behind that system through next week, but the pattern is going to skew milder over the final few weeks of the month. Watch these big shots of milder temps try to fight off colder shots diving in from the north…

Obviously, that’s a VERY active setup, with storm systems crossing the country…

Is this the famed “January Thaw” setting up? That seems like a realistic possibility, but if it’s just a “thaw”, it means more winter will follow that. My winter forecast of a milder February isn’t too happy with the long term prospects I’m seeing. That said, it’s loving the front loaded winter we have had to this point. 🙂

I will throw you another update this evening. Make it a good one and take care.


Time posted: 2:06 am

A Few More Flakes Today

Good Wednesday, everyone. This incredible stretch of bitterly cold temps is about to finally ease up as we head into the coming days. Temps will slowly start to moderate later this week into the coming weekend, but there are growing signs of a very active pattern taking shape.

Let’s start with today and roll forward.

Temps this morning range from a little below zero to a little above, depending on the clouds. The clouds did manage to move in overnight, actually raising our temps some, keeping things from getting totally out of hand. Wind chills will be much colder. Highs this afternoon are back in the teens for many area.

Areas of light snow and flurries will also be possible, with light accumulations trying to show up from time to time…

Thursday starts with ANOTHER day in the single digits, and ends with temps in the upper 20s to low 30s.

Friday looks good as we start to melt some snow with temps going well above freezing, under a sunny sky.

Saturday will feature temps making a run at 50 with a shower or two possible. The best chance for showers comes later Sunday as a cold front marches in from the west. Temps ahead of this have a chance to get deep into the 50s and challenge 60, then come crashing back down.

The models are suggesting the possibility of rain ending as snow later Monday…

Seasonally cold temps follow that up for much of next week, in a pattern that should be looking milder than it is. It’s also a pattern that may feature an active storm track working across the country…

I will update things later today. Have a good one and take care.