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.
Severe thunderstorms that blasted areas of Arkansas with damaging winds and heavy rainfall will continue to race through eastern Texas.
Fresh cooler and less humid air will settle over the Washington, D.C., area for Thursday and Friday.
Tropical Depression Two has lost its battle to become the next Atlantic tropical storm, but it will still increase shower activity across the Caribbean to end the week.
After temperatures briefly climb to typical midsummer levels, another cooldown will roll into the Midwest and expand to the East for the last part of July.
A potent storm system moving out of the Northwest United States will bring an elevated risk of tornadoes to parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan on Thursday.
As California continues to be plagued by intense drought conditions, some surfers are reaping what may be one of very few benefits to such a dry season.
Simla, CO (1996)
4.5" diameter hail.
Mid-Atlantic Ocean (1788)
(22nd-24th) George Washington Hurricane; After causing ship disasters off SW Bermuda, the storm moved NW over Tidewater, NC and VA to pass right over George Washington's Mt. Vernon plantation. On July 24th, George Washington wrote in his diary: "About noon the wind suddenly shifted from NE to SW and blew the remaining part of the day violently from that quarter. The tide this time rose near higher than it was ever known to do, driving boats, etc. into fields, where no tide had ever been heard of before, and most, it is apprehended, having done infinite damage on their wharves at Alexandria, Norfolk, Baltimore, etc. At home all day."
Canton, IL (1975)
A tornado ripped through a 3-block section of downtown, killing 2 people, injuring 75 and creating $5 million damage. A 15-foot wooden plank was driven through an auto engine block, splitting the front of the car in two. The woman driving was not injured. National Guardsmen were called in to prevent looting.