Mid-week we dropped to sub-zero and ended that day as the only below average day in the month so far. Throughout January entirely, there has only been 2 days at normal temperatures. That leaves 8 days above average; January has started out a lot like the whole month of December. Well, temperatures through next week are going to stay above average, may even be able to reach the 40s yet again as well as staying very dry.
Above Average Temperatures…
On the 5th day of the year we broke a record high temperature. 3 days through the first 11 days of the month that were above 40 degrees, which is not making it feel like the middle of winter. Temperatures this weekend will have the label as above average, but are going to feel more winter comfortable. Temperatures will be slightly above the freezing mark, but winds will stay under 10 mph so wind chill won’t be a concern. The cloudy skies will make it feel gloomier tomorrow but sunshine is expected to return by mid-day Sunday. So, indoor activities today and outdoor activities tomorrow! The warming and sunshine is expected to continue.
Sunshine, Enjoy It…
A low pressure to the south of the area is making for messy travel with snow, wintry mix and rain. This low pressure caused for the increase in cloud cover starting Friday morning. The low pressure will head east and a high pressure from the north fills into the Great Lakes. This high pressure gets rid of the clouds by mid-day Sunday and the area will be dominated with the high pressure and clear skies for the first part of the work week. But get out and enjoy it while it last, another cold snap may be upon us.
The most unusually part of this winter is feeling so warm and much of the snow melted, so not looking like winter. The 7 day has dry conditions and temperatures at or above freezing, well that may change. The Climate Prediction Center submitted that the region could be below average starting next week. That is still a while out but colder temperatures and snow may just be what some Midwesterner need.
Have a great weekend!
-Stormtracker 19 Meteorologist Alyssa Triplett