Big Story Weather – January 7, 2014
redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly
Weather Forecast for January 7, 2014
11AM: High pressure settling in over the Gulf Coast will bring yet another day of below normal temps along the MS Gulf Coast with plenty of sunshine. The frigid air will extend all the way up into Minnesota and across the entire Eastern US. A slight modification over the Plains as some warmer air starts to move back in to the region. High pressure along the Rockies will keep the region warmer. The strong northwesterly winds will also push heavy lake effect snows over the Great Lakes.
11PM: The cold high pressure will shift to the Southeast this evening and will make for another very cold night from the Mississippi River Valley eastward to the East Coast. Lake effect snows will be found over the Eastern Lakes. High pressure over the Northern Plains will bring cool weather overnight, however not as cold. A warm front will begin to push into the Pacific Northwest bringing showers to the region.
Significant Weather Threat for January 7: The major story will be yet another day of frigid air from the Mississippi River Valley all the way to the Eastern US, with the threat of more record cold temps taking place. There are also lake effect snow warnings and blizzard warnings in effect for areas just downstream of the Eastern Lakes for today.
Storm Outlook: Low pressure moving into the Gulf of Alaska will bring snow showers and rain showers to the region. This storm will push into the Northern Plains by this weekend. A new low pressure moving through Northern Japan.
Day 2-6: The period will start with the cold high pressure finally pushing out into the Atlantic. This will allow the United States to finally start warming up out of the deep freeze. A second area of high pressure will slide into the Northern Plains bringing cooler weather again to the region. A warm front will push across the Pacific Northwest bringing showers to the region. On day three high pressure will slide into the Northeast, while a new storm system begins to develop over the Southwest US bringing showers to Arizona. The warm front will push further into the Pacific Northwest bringing another day of showers and higher elevation snows over the Cascades. On day four a powerful storm system will take shape over the Southern Plains bringing with it rain and thunderstorms to the Southern Plains and also the Gulf Coast. Rain and snow will mix together over the Great Lakes. An upper level closed 540 line will setup over Western Texas and could set the stage for some wintry precipitation over the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles. High pressure will be over the Rockies, while a few lingering showers will be over the Pacific Northwest. On day five the cold front will push along the Eastern US bringing showers and thunderstorms to the Southeast. The Mid-Atlantic will see rain and snow and the Northeast will see snow. A powerful storm system will push into the Northern Plains bringing heavy snowfall to the Dakotas. The period will finish with another storm system pushing across the Gulf of Mexico bringing rain showers to the region.
Day 7-11: The period will start with high pressure dominating most of the country from west to east. Day nine will have a strong storm system moving through the Great Lakes bringing snowfall to the region, while another Arctic High pushes in behind bringing another round of very cold weather over the Northern Rockies and Plains. The period will finish with another clipper system moving through the Plains with light snowfall, while behind it another Arctic High will push across the region which will bring frigid air to the Plains and the Northern Rockies.
Day 12-16: The period will start with a powerful storm system along the Northeast bringing heavy snowfall to the region. High pressure will dominate the weather over the Ohio River Valley to the Gulf Coast. A second area of high pressure over the Rockies will keep the entire West Coast and Rockies dry. On day fourteen low pressure will be over the Great Lakes bringing snow to the lakes and also the Northeast, while high pressure dominates the weather from the Ohio River Valley to the Gulf Coast and back into the Plains. Low pressure will bring heavy rainfall and snow to the Pacific Northwest. The period will finish with high pressure over the Eastern US. A weak low pressure will push through the Plains and the Gulf Coast bringing snow to the Plains and the Great Lakes. Showers will be found over the Gulf Coast. High pressure will settle in over the Rockies bringing dry weather to the region and the Southwest. A powerful new storm system will push into the Western US bringing showers from California to Washington. Some heavy snowfall will also be possible over the higher elevations of the Sierra Nevadas and the Cascades. The powerful storm will also bring heavy snowfall to Alaska along with very strong winds.