An Active Weather Week, with More Downs than UpsJanuary 16th, 2012 at 12:38 pm by Don Paul under 4 Warn Weather
A short term moderating trend is underway, with some rain (and some interior freezing rain for a few hours) to mark its arrival. The warming will last through mid-afternoon on Tuesday, followed by another sharp cooldown with some limited snow, blowing snow, and very Gusty winds to mark ITS arrival. A reinforcing shot of arctic air will arrive in the wake of a clipper-type low on Thursday, but that arctic air will depart the region as we move into the middle of next weekend. Virtually all signs are pointing to a lengthier period of warmer than average conditions on most (but probably not all) days until very late in the month, when a chillier pattern may begin to take shape.
The Tuesday evening snow will be minor on the Niagara Frontier compared to last Friday’s. But with winds gusting above 40 mph and rapidly falling temperatures, there will be some blowing snow for several hours along with the potential for a quick icing over of some surfaces. Farther south on the hilly terrain, more significant lake effect snow will set up later Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning but this snow, too, will not add up to the amounts seen Friday night into Saturday. The next arctic surge behind Thursday’s clipper looks to have less moisture associated with it.
The developing warm pattern next week will be widespread, with the exception of the Pacific NW and northern Rockies, and will have some staying power.