Gray, Dreary Week Ahead

By: Buckey2745 , 9:12 PM GMT on January 17, 2010

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It's starting to feel like PugetSoundPost's Pacific Northwest around here. Gray. Cloudy. Foggy. Drizzle. And little sign of change for the next week.

Here's a good example of what it's been like here:

Saturday, January 16 webcam

The threat of freezing drizzle over the past couple days never really materialized. Temps never dropped below freezing on the nights that the moisture was there, so for a couple days now it's just been wet. Melting snow, light drizzle, heavy fog... wet.

Looking ahead
Well, the next week could be pretty boring. After a trough tries to work in the area tonight, post low pressure system, we'll eventually work in to another ridge by midweek. Between now and then, a chance of showers and maybe even flurries Tuesday through Thursday. By Thursday night another Gulf low will work up the eastern seaboard. Recent patterns have shown these lows track further west than forecasted, so we'll have another good chance of rain by mid-late week.

But no snow

We're going to be warm enough for the next week to allow all precip to be in the liquid form. NWS forecasts mention mixed precip off and on all week because of overnight lows reaching the low 30's, but I don't even think that'll be an issue. We're going to be seasonably warm.

Next Big Storm
It's a while from now, but we could see our next significant storm system this time next week. By next Sunday morning a pre-frontal line of rain may work in to the area ahead of what could play out as the next major blizzard in the midwest. In fact, this could be very reminicant of the Christmas blizzard that affected the upper midwest.

Sunday, January 24 GFS

Christmas 2009 Blizzard. Look familiar?

Other than next Sunday's storm, we've got nothing much to look forward to.

About 5 days ago I said:

Get ready, we could have a very interesting rest of the season, or the most boring on record.

I'm betting on the latter.

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1. PugetSoundPost
5:33 AM GMT on January 18, 2010
Yep! You are looking a lot like typical Seattle winter days! Fun to see the comparison by surprise! Gray and drippy is the norm much of the time. The week ahead looks like no exception! You are colder than we are, but we will have weak systems one after the other most of the week. Monday morning brings a stronger system through, rain and gusty winds (strong winds on the coast) then after that the jet will continue to sag south, taking the brunt of the energy into California, but some weaker systems will continue to spin off and head north affecting us. The bottom line for us is gray and drippy most of the week ahead. As the week progresses we will be increasingly on the cold side of the jet as it dives south, and cooler air should slowly fill in over us, which will be welcome - just for a more of a "winter feel" and also to improve skiing in the mountains, which has been suffering. Boring weather does little for the spirits, so I hope something fun spins up for you in Ohio!
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