Sunday Discussion: Where is the Cold?

The northwest wind is building this afternoon, but noticeably, the air is not that cold.  Temps are in the upper 30s and low 40s… with a strong NW wind, in January.  This may not jump out as odd to many people… but it’s not something you see too often.  This is the result of a zonal flow, with a Pacific air mass in place of over much of the US.  Typically I’m wary January, a NW wind will translate into falling temps and wind chills in the 20s (or worse).  But there just isn’t any real cold, Arctic air over North America at this point.

So we’ll have clouds mixed with sun this afternoon, along with scattered rain and wet snow showers.  We should have some wet snow mixing in as what little colder air exists, begins to settle into the region.  The scattered showers are a product of chilly air moving over the relatively warm Great Lakes… and generating Lake Effect rain and wet snow showers.  So make sure you’re ready for a brief rain delay this afternoon.  Temps will hold in the upper 30s to low 40s for most locations, slowly falling this afternoon.

Next chance for wintry weather is Monday evening and night… as we see some moisture move into the marginally colder air.  The moisture appears rather limited, but some slick spots could be an issue Monday night and Tuesday morning.  More on that a little later.

Have a great Sunday afternoon!

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