Big Story Weather – January 2, 2014
redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly
Weather Forecast for January 2, 2014
11AM: Low pressure moving through the Mid-Atlantic region will create a wide area of showers from Maryland to Mississippi along the cold front. Look for snowfall ahead of the warm front from Maine to Illinois and into parts of Missouri. High pressure will dominate the weather over the Plains and the Rockies extending back into the Western US.
11PM: This evening the storm system will move off the Atlantic Seaboard and will set the stage for snowfall from Maine to Virginia – some places could see heavy snowfall. High pressure will slide southward over the Ozarks and will set the stage for some cold weather from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes and into the Plains. High pressure over the Rockies will keep the weather mild for the western US.
Significant Weather Threat for January 2: Winter storm watches/warnings are in effect from Missouri northeastward into the entire Northeast US. These areas can expect strong winds and heavy snowfall. Wind advisories are in effect from Arkansas to Eastern Texas and through most of Louisiana. A second area of wind advisories are in effect over Eastern Montana. There is an air quality alert in effect for stagnant air along portions of Washington and Oregon due to the subsidence that is taking place over the region. Wind chill advisories in effect over portions of the Northern Plains into the Western Great Lakes and a frost/freeze advisory in effect for Southern Georgia into Northern Florida.
Storm Outlook: Low pressure moving into the Gulf of Alaska will bring snowfall to Southern Alaska and Western Canada. A second area of low pressure is pushing into the Aleutian Islands bringing strong winds and high seas. A third area of low pressure is now moving over Northern Japan bringing rain and snow to Central and Northern Japan along with Northeast Russia.
Day 2-6: The period will start with a few lingering snow showers extending from Maine back into the Mid-Atlantic. High pressure will dominate the rest of the country with partly cloudy skies and cool weather. Expect partly cloudy skies and warmer temperatures in the western US. Day three will see a fast moving clipper system pushing through the Northern Plains bringing some light snowfall to the region. On day four a new low pressure area will develop in Eastern Texas and will set the stage for some wintry weather from Dallas to Northern Mississippi and into the Great Lakes. Showers will extend from Houston to Atlanta during this time as well. High pressure will rebuild in the Northern Plains bringing another burst of very cold air. The period will finish with the storm system moving up the Northeast bringing rain and snow to the region. The Arctic high will plunge into the Mid-Mississippi River Valley bringing another round of very cold weather from the Plains to the Gulf Coast. High pressure will dominate the entire western US.
Day 7-11: The period will start with a clipper system moving through the Great Lakes bringing light snowfall to the region along with some lake effect snows around Lake Erie. High pressure will dominate the weather from the Ohio River Valley southward into the Gulf Coast and back west into the Plains. A new storm system will begin to approach the Western US. On day eight a new storm system will push into the Southwest US and will set the stage for another round of snowfall from Dallas to the Great Lakes and through portions of the South. Showers will be found from Houston to Atlanta again as well. High pressure will dominate the weather from the Plains into the Rockies. A new storm system will push into the Pacific Northwest with showers and higher elevation snow. On day nine low pressure will move into the Tennessee River Valley bringing with it showers and thunderstorms to the Gulf Coast and showers from Dallas to Virginia. Snowfall will be possible from the Great Lakes to the Mid-Atlantic. The period will finish with a low pressure over Southeast Canada which will put snow showers in the Northeast and rain showers from the Mid-Atlantic to the Gulf Coast. High pressure will dominate the weather from the Southwest to the Plains. A new storm system will enter the Pacific Northwest bringing with it rain and higher elevation snows.
Day 12-15: The period will start with low pressure moving through the Northeast bringing rain and snowfall to the region, while high pressure dominates the weather from the Great Lakes to the Plains and into the Gulf Coast. High pressure will also dominate the weather from the Southern Plains into the Southwest. A storm system will bring heavy snowfall to the Rockies. During the middle of the period the storm system will bring snowfall to the Northern Plains and the Western Great Lakes. High pressure will dominate the weather from the Southwest to the Southern Plains and through the Gulf Coast and the Eastern US. The period will finish with the storm system moving into the Great Lakes bringing snowfall to the Great Lakes and also extending into the Northeast US. Showers will dominate the weather from the Mid-Atlantic to the Gulf Coast and high pressure will build in over the Plains and the Western US.