A winter pattern takes over

Good Monday to one and all. We are coming off frigid weather from the weekend, but you ain’t seen nothing yet. This is a week of weather that would do the middle of January proud and is complete with near-record lows and some snowflakes.

We have a system crossing the region Monday with gusty wind and mainly rain showers. As that system pulls to our east this evening, much colder air swings in, with some wet snow mixing in.

The system moving across Kentucky will join forces with a monster of a storm off the East Coast late Monday night and Tuesday. Before that happens, let’s keep an eye on Eastern Kentucky to see whether some dynamic cooling could produce a band of wet snow Monday evening. Most of that will be in West Virginia, but it might be a pretty close call.

From there, the monster along the east coast turns into a blizzard, shutting down the mid-Atlantic to New England. This is a travel nightmare, with some areas picking up close to 2 feet of wind-whipped snow.

Northwesterly winds should produce some snow showers and squalls around here late Monday night through Tuesday night.

It’s possible for that to put down some light accumulations and cause slick spots across the region. Winds will be gusty, and it’s going to feel frigid because it will be frigid, and not just for us. Below-freezing lows all the way into Florida:

For us, near-record lows are possible Wednesday and Thursday. The Canadian model continues to be the coldest of the bunch:

Even if we add a few degrees to those numbers, that’s a big old case of ouch! Our premature start to spring is going coming back to haunt us in a major, major way. This is some big-time trouble for growers and green thumbs.

Looking down the road, another system dives in this weekend and could bring another shot of ugly:

Have a magnificent Monday and take care.

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