The map below is my take on the next snowstorm. The West should get hit hard by snow and cold over the weekend, and all that snow and cold will head into the Midwest and Great Lakes early next week. Places that had snow in Illinois to Michigan will get hit again with snow Monday into Tuesday. Using Chicago as the center of the snow, I see 3-6 inches for that area Monday night. Behind, cold weather will once again plunge across the eastern part of the country with another round of heavy lake snow.
A lot of you have been talking about the pattern and the change in the pattern. We continue to see a decline in the SOI values, a negative PNA, a bumpy NAO and negative AO. Understand that pattern changes don't happen overnight, and for the whole Northern Hemisphere jet stream to change its wavelength, it takes time. So given this, let me give you my thoughts on January into March.
1. The last half of January will be a bumpy one with cold dominating but also spells of warm weather.
2. Snow will be centered over in two locations. The Northwest and the Midwest/western Great Lakes. Some snow will sneak into the Northeast north of I-90.
3. In February, the cold should become more widespread across the northern Plains into the Northeast.
4. February into March should be stormier with the potential for a major snowstorm along the East coast. Midwest and Great Lakes will continue to see the bulk of the snow.
5. March will probably end up on the colder side across the eastern half of the country.
6. Severe weather across the South and southern Plains may become more widespread February and March. It should not be on the magnitude that we saw last year.
That's my ideas. Enjoy!
The cold weather is coming but it will be a brief shot of cold weather.
High winds will hit the northern Plains today. A powerful cold front is on the way for later this week and weekend.
Temperatures will be swinging around but the warmth will end up winning.
Heavy storms will hit parts of New Mexico and western Texas.
Heavy storms will hit parts of New Mexico with heavy rains and gusty winds.
The band of heavy rains should end tonight, allowing drier weather to move in.