I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas and the record warmth to go with it! Absolutely amazing!
So this week we’ll have a couple of weak cold fronts and a few showers. Then on Saturday a monster blue norther will arrive and crush temperatures with wind chill values below zero, and yes we should see a little snow too.
We desperately need the rainfall though as our drought conditions continue to worsen.
The first round of light shower activity will move through Monday night and Tuesday morning across the I-44 corridor. The second will occur late Wednesday across the SE. Rainfall amounts don’t look that great however.
Then we focus on the next winter storm system moving through the C/S Plains. The upper Jetstream pattern does not have a cut-off low, but more of an open wave. This will help to limit precipitation amounts. We’ll have to watch closely to see if this changes.
Check out the animation below of how quickly temperatures will drop this coming Saturday. Also watch how precipitation breaks out late Friday through Sunday morning with a mix of light rain and snow. There may even be a little sleet with the passage of the cold front itself. The only purpose of showing the snow map below this far out, is to highlight the decent snow signal, as these amounts will change.
Finally, the real story will be the frigid temperatures as they plummet! Don’t forget to add the wind chill values when the wind kicks up! Temperatures will be in the teens Sunday morning most areas with wind chill values below zero at times.
I’ll be monitoring things this week to see how this weekend system is going to play out, so stay tuned! -AT
PS We’ve got another cold shot coming around the 6th of January, so get those winter clothes ready!