Our cold pattern continues

Good Wednesday, everyone. The first day of the new year was cold and cloudy, and that cold theme will continue for the rest of the week. This cold weather is a far cry from how we spent much of 2012.

Last year was the second-warmest year on record in Lexington and continues our streak of extreme-weather years. 2010 was the eighth-snowiest on record, and 2011 was the wettest year on record. It’s safe to assume that this year will feature plenty of wild weather across our part of the world.

Thermometers today will top out in the upper 20s and low 30s across the entire region. There will be some rays of sun during the afternoon hours.

We will be watching several weak systems approaching over the next several days. Each of these will bring a reinforcing shot of cold air that shows up well on the European Model:

Each of those systems will be moisture-starved and should bring only a few flurries to the region.

I continue to see signs of a cold and snowy pattern for the middle and end of January.

Have a great Wednesday and take care.

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