The Bitter Cold Is Gone, Now What? - 01/10/14
What a week across west central PA! It all started Monday with snow, high winds and dropping temperatures. In fact, we had wind chills as low as -25 by the beginning of the 6 PM news that evening. We could eventually fall into the teens below zero across most of the area Tuesday morning with wind chills running from -35 to -45! Wow! Something we haven't had in 20 years. All of our primary local reporting sites (Johnstown, Altoona, State College and DuBois) smashed their old record lows Tuesday morning.
So now we've moderated back to around normal and we're going above average over the next few days. But where do we go from there? More winter? Or are we in for an easy ride to spring?
One thing that is going to happen is we're going to not going to have any true arctic air coming into the pattern for a while. That will tend to be bottled up into Alaska and Northern Canada over the next 6 or 7 days. So while it will turn colder after Monday, we'll just be seasonably cool. And that means that any storms that move through can still produce snow. One of which I'll be watching for some light accumulations will be Wednesday.
Then it looks like some arctic air will get back into the pattern for next weekend. While not as cold as this week, we're likely to see more single digit lows before the month is out. A ridge of high pressure in the western U.S. should allow a few cold airmasses to invade over the next few weeks, keeping winter alive for quite some time still.