The Calm After the Storm–but not Dead CalmDecember 27th, 2012 at 10:51 pm by Don Paul under 4 Warn Weather
Colder than average temperatures will be with us for the next week, but the next big storm will largely miss us. That system on Saturday may send some very limited snowfall our way, but will be too far to the east to have a direct impact. After that, a series of short waves/lows, each with a cold front, will send reinforcing shots of cold air into the northeast, cutting off any real advancement of milder Pacific air for a while. That means the slopes will be keeping their snows, and good snow making conditions will help the resorts add to their bases most nights. After late next week, the oscillating indices which affect the overall patterns across the eastern US will change to their warmer phases (the AO, NAO, and PNA), allowing that Pacific air to advance farther east for a while. That does not preclude some short waves bringing more active and colder weather for short periods during this pattern shift, but the Mean will be milder.
Speaking of milder, no matter how cold it is between now and New Years Eve, this will be the warmest year on record for Buffalo, going back to 1871.