Late week warm up before bitter cold next week

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WINTER 2012 – 13

Has reached the midway point Tuesday.  Meteorological winter (the months of December, January and February) has been rather mild actually.  Take away the stretch of cold from the 20th of December to January 4th and you’ll find 70% of the days have been above normal.

SNOWY?

Again, the big storm after Christmas produced half the total seasonal snow so far.  15.3″ of snow for the season is where we stand or about 130% the normal however it has barely snowed so far this month.  January snowfall isn’t even at a half-inch! (.3″ officially) or -3.7″ below normal.

SEASONAL WEATHER REST OF WEEK

A fast-moving system will drag a cold front south into Indiana early Thursday morning bringing the next chance of any snow.  It looks like snow would be very light if at all as the front passes bringing a slight pull back in the temperatures for Thursday morning.  In the wake of this system –  a milder flow of air will return before a huge pattern change develops late in the weekend.  Area temperatures are expected to run above normal with high temps reaching the lower 40’s Friday and possible near 50° come Saturday afternoon.  Then the plot thickens.

ARCTIC BLAST LOOKS IMMINENT

The signals have been strong that bitter cold air is only the move and will spill south across much of the U.S. early next week.  A large buckle in the upper air flow across the Pacific ocean will send mild air north along the west coast dislodging very cold air from the arctic.  The arctic express is due in about Monday evening bringing perhaps below zero air temperatures here for the first time in nearly 2 years.  the current forecast brings 2 cold front through the state, one Sunday and the second more potent front Monday night.  Snow will also accompany the fronts especially Monday when there may be a sticking snow.  High temperatures are likely to only remain in the teens with a forecast low of -3° by Wednesday morning.  Be sure to check back over the next few days as the forecast will be refined and firmed up.