Much of December and now as we track through January, have been unseasonably warm. We broke a high temperature record at the beginning of the month with warming trends. As well as, the area has barely been able to hold onto the snowfall we have received.
Well temperatures returned to more average for January mid-week but a warming trend has already begun today. By the early afternoon temperatures reached above freezing. Winds patterns aloft will flow more zonal for the weekend which will keep the area mostly quiet and calm with a chance of snow south.
Missing Our Snow Chance…
A large system is creating a mess in the south central with snow storms on the leading edge, wintry mix at temperature change and severe thunderstorms behind. Earlier in the week when tracking this system models were bringing the area a chance of snow. It would have pushed as far north as I-90 which would have given the bluffs a nice white touch up.
But, now as the storm has started to develop the chance has decreased significantly for our region. If anywhere has the chance for snow it’s NE Iowa and SW Wisconsin, where a slight chance of flurries will remain. Little to no accumulation if those area experiences any snow. Although we are missing out on the snow it will be a fairly gloomy day.
Comfortable & Quiet Weekend…
It will be the weekend to get out and enjoy! The temperatures will be above average and the roads will have easy travel. Upper air and the jet stream are holding the upper Midwest in a zonal pattern which will allow for quiet weather. With the system to the south, that is where the increasing clouds will feed from. It look and feel like it’s about to snow, but majority will stay dry and very calm. Winds will be more associated with the low pressure and with being on the northern edge the area will not have much effect and stay comfortable.
Temperatures are to sit just above the freezing mark as highs; it will feel colder on Saturday than Sunday because sunshine will return. Clouds will decrease significantly Saturday night into Sunday morning to become mostly clear by Sunday evening. So, overall green light on all outdoor activities and easy travel!
Enjoy the Weekend!
– Stormtracker 19 Meteorologist Alyssa Triplett