Maybe not so cold after all
|By: bfsmith81, 7:18 AM GMT on January 24, 2012||+0|
GFS is still calling for a hit of arctic air to punch into the midwest, although the latest run has it coming in a couple days later and going slightly more east and to a lesser extent to the south than previous runs in the last week. While this will bring some extremely cold air into the midwest for a couple days, it appears it won't stick around long, as temperatures appear to rebound back to normal or slightly above normal by the 7th. We just can't seem to break this pattern of jolts of cold air but no real long-term cold locking into place. If the pattern doesn't change by mid February, then we're just going to be looking at a winter of above average temperatures and WAY below average snowfall, far off from the predictions of another snowpocalypse we had back in October/November. For those that like cold/snowy winters, this may just end up being a rather depressing winter that we'll try to forget, and try again next year. :(
On the bright side, it does appear that coming down with the cold is an arctic clipper that will link up with a southern low pressure coming out of Texas - that COULD make for a big(ger) snow for us, possibly THE big weather event of this season. The GFS has it turning into a major storm for the northeast coast the next day.
Time will tell.
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