The worst of the recent cold and perhaps the coldest days of the winter may be behind the Harrisburg, Pa., area. However, there are some storms on the horizon.
A pattern change will take away the pure arctic flow of air to allow milder Pacific air to mix in during the last few days of January and into February.
Through at least the first half of February, nighttime lows in the single digits with highs in the teens are likely to become a thing of the past for the cities in the region.
Temperatures will reach toward the 30-year average or a tad above average late this week into the weekend. The average high and low for late January/early February is 38 and 23 F respectively. Average temperatures begin to trend upward during February.
While dry weather is in store through Friday and Saturday, a series of storms will affect the region Sunday through next week. The first two or three systems will be weak with light precipitation.
Mostly rain showers are forecast in the metro area with the first storm on Sunday.
A second storm Monday could squeak by just to the south,but may track close enough to bring a little snow.
A storm during the middle of next week could be strong with heavy precipitation. Details on the form and extent of the precipitation with the midweek storm will be made available as soon as possible.
Tune in to AccuWeather Live Mornings every weekday at 7 a.m. and noon EST. We will be talking about the weather pattern favoring storms moving up from the South and Southwest during February.
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