A much colder pattern settles in

Good Monday, everyone. After a string of windy and mild days, winter is pushing back in, and the pattern ahead is probably leading us into a harsh January across the country.

A wave of low pressure will develop along our front as it slips to the east of us early Monday. This might throw a couple of snowflakes into the central and eastern parts of the state. Highs will run in the 30s as winds gust.

Current temperatures

A stronger push of cold air arrives for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Check out the frigid numbers:


Throw in gusty winds, and single-digit wind chills are a good bet. What about some snow to go with that cold? I do think some snow is possible as a couple of disturbances work in from the northwest. The NAM is picking up on these:


I can’t imagine too many people would complain about arctic cold and some snowflakes flying around Christmas.

Another weak system dives in on Thursday and could be another snow maker. That quick shot of cold is being pushed to our east by a bigger system coming behind it next weekend:


From there, there’s the potential for a very harsh winter pattern to grip much of the country for January. The GFS ensembles temperature anomalies (Celsius) map grows colder by the run for the first week of the year:

GFS 3Have a great rest of the day and take care.

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