Very active pattern ahead

Good Saturday and Happy New Year! We have some ugly weather rolling into the region as we flip the calendar to a brand new year. As we get into the first week of 2017, this pattern looks super active with the potential for some harsh winter weather.

Clouds will thicken today with the potential for some light rain moving in. Some of the rain may mix with some wet flakes at times, but it’s really nothing to worry about with highs in the upper 30s to low 40s. Winds are also going to be a big player and could reach 30-35mph at times.

That action will carry us into our New Year’s Eve:

Day one of the new year will feature highs in the 40s with some scattered showers.

Winds and temps will increase on Monday ahead of a potent area of low pressure working through the region. This could spawn some pretty decent showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening.

Arctic air spills in here on Wednesday and sets the stage for an active southern storm track. It’s all about reading the pattern and not reacting to each model run showing a different solution with this system.

The European Model is about as harsh as you’re ever going to see from next Thursday through Saturday. It sends out one snow system on Thursday…

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It then follows it up with a major winter storm for Friday and Saturday:

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Taken verbatim, that would make it 3 years in a row for a biggie.

Temps behind whatever storm moves in here can tank. If we have snow on the ground, below zero we go:

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This is a setup that may repeat itself over the next few weeks.

Happy New Year and take care.

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