Sunday, January 13, 2013

COLD Returns

By Gene Norman

This just about says it all.  The cold front moved in today, dropping us from Saturday's mid 70s to a 50° high today (although we spent most of the day in the 40s.).  Now get set for a cold week ahead with morning temperatures in the 30s and daytime highs staying below 50° until Thursday.  That's what really makes it cold - the lack of change in temperature through the day.  

Even though the rain tapered off today, we can expect more periods of wet weather, starting as early as tomorrow and continuing off and on Tuesday and Wednesday.  And yes, it could be cold enough in some northern neighborhoods for a repeat of the rain/sleet mix we saw at the end of 2012.  But as was the case for that episode, the ground will still be above freezing, so no accumulation is expected.

So the bottom line for this is bundle up and keep an umbrella handy.  On average the next three weeks are typically our coldest of the year, so we shouldn't be too surprised at the trend.

TONIGHT: Cloudy and cold with gradually decreasing temperatures overnight.  Lows fall into the mid to upper 30s with steady north winds 8-12 mph.

MONDAY: Cloudy and cold with periods of intermittent rain developing by afternoon.  Highs in the low 40s with north winds 10-15 mph.

TUESDAY: Periods of rain in the morning tapering off by early afternoon and then picking up again by early evening.  Otherwise overcast and cold.  Highs in the low 40s. Northeast wind 10-15 mph.

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