Big Story Weather – January 3, 2014
redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly
Weather Forecast for January 3, 2014
11AM: High pressure over the mid Tennessee River Valley is bringing partly cloudy skies from the Mid-Atlantic to the Gulf Coast. Extremely cold air is in place with many areas below freezing this morning and wind chill values in the 10-20F range. A few lingering snow showers are expected over the Northeast for most of today. A new storm system moving into the Plains will bring with it some very dangerous weather with blizzard-like conditions and deadly cold weather. High pressure over the Southwest will keep the region dry and fairly mild compared to the rest of the country.
11PM: High pressure will slide into the Southeast US and will provide another cold night and partly cloudy skies from the Northeast to the Gulf Coast. Low pressure will push into Northern Minnesota along this frontal boundary. Look for heavy snow, blizzard-like conditions and very cold temperatures. Return flow will setup over the Southern Plains and will allow for a slight warm up to start over the region. A new low will develop in the Texas Panhandle and will start to impact the weather. High pressure over the Southwest will keep the region dry and fairly mild.
Significant Weather Threat for January 3: Winter storm watches and warnings in effect for the Cascades of Washington and a wide swath from Idaho to the Western Great Lakes. In this region we will also see blizzard watches/warnings for the entire state of North Dakota. Wind chill advisories are in effect from the Northern Plains to the Northeast as wind chill values will be well below zero through this region. Winter weather advisories are in effect from Northeast Georgia to West Virginia. Winter storm watches and warnings are in effect from New Jersey all the way up the Northeast coastline. Look for localized heavy snowfall. Frost and freeze watches and warnings are in effect for locations over Southern Texas, Eastern Texas and Northern Louisiana. There will also be frost/freeze watches and warnings in effect over Southern Georgia and most of Northern Florida.
Storm Outlook: Low pressure moving over Western Canada will bring snow showers to the region along with another round of cold weather. Storm 2 is now moving into the Aleutian Islands. Expect to see strong winds, cold air and snowfall for this region. Storm 3 is now moving into the Kuril Islands and will continue tracking northeastward over the next few days.
Day 2-6: The period will start with a slight warm up over the Gulf Coast, Southern Plains and the Southeast. A new storm system will bring moderate snowfall to the Colorado Rockies. Snow showers will also extend from the Great Lakes into Missouri. The strong Arctic chill will hit the Northern Plains with temps expected to drop into the -20 to -30F range and wind chill values near -60F. The West Coast will remain under high pressure. On day three the storm system will push into Central Indiana with a cold front extending into the Gulf Coast. Look for heavy rain ahead of the cold front and snow on the back side from Illinois to Mississippi. The Arctic high will dominate the weather from the Northern Plains all the way into the Southern Plains with temps in the 0-20F range for all places and the -10 to -30F range over the Northern Plains. The West Coast will remain under high pressure. On day four the storm system will move into the Northeast bringing rain and snowfall to the region. The Arctic high will dominate the weather for the rest of the Plains and the Gulf Coast along with the Southeast. The West will enjoy warmer weather and partly cloudy skies. The period will finish with the Arctic high dominating most of the country with more cold weather.
Day 7-11: The period will start with another storm system over the Great Lakes bringing rain and snow to the region. The cold front will extend into the Gulf Coast bringing rainfall to the region. High pressure will dominate the Plains with another shot of cold weather, while the West remains dry and fairly mild. On day eight another strong storm will begin to take shape over Southern Texas with rain, strong thunderstorms and snowfall over Arizona. Day ten the storm system will move into the Great Lakes bringing rain and snow to the region, while some thunderstorms will be over the Gulf Coast. Another storm system will be pushing into the Pacific Northwest with rain and snow during this time as well.
Day 12-15: The period will start with a clipper system moving through the Northern Plains bringing another round of snowfall to the region. High pressure will dominate the West. The middle of the period will have most of the country under the influence of high pressure and dry and cold weather. The period will finish with high pressure dominating the weather from the Northeast to the Southeast and across the Northern Plains into the Western US. A new storm system will take shape over the Southern Plains with showers and thunderstorms in store for Texas and portions of the Western Gulf Coast. Temps will be rather cold again over the Northern Plains to the Great Lakes with readings well below zero again.