It's the time of year when you think about sledding, skiing, snowboarding, and...wearing short sleeves?! One of those things doesn't fit in with the typical January weather pattern. However, it's the one that doesn't belong that has been the story of our winter season so far. Aside from a few chilly days here and there, overall the nation has been extremely mild for the past month or two. This is translating into a real snow drought for most of the country!
As of January 5, only 19% of the United States had snow cover on the ground. Those areas were limited to the far northern tier of the country and some of the higher mountain ranges. Areas that are typically covered in a blanket of snow at this point in the year have had little to no snow! Parts of North Dakota and South Dakota were in the mid to upper 60s on Thursday - smashing record high temperatures left and right. With weather like that, there's certainly no snow in their forecast anytime soon. Even locations off of the Great Lakes which are typically overflowing with snow this time of year are coming up empty handed.
The overall pattern doesn't look too good for any blockbuster snow storms, especially here across the eastern seaboard. The long range models do show the potential for some colder air arriving toward the middle of January, but whether or not that meets up with moisture still remains to be seen. In the meantime, highs will be close to 60º for the next few days, so hang those big, heavy jackets back in the closet. It'll be a few days before you need them again...
See you next time...
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