Big Story Weather – January 8, 2014
redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly
Weather Forecast for January 8, 2014
11AM: High pressure will finally slide into the Southeast and should allow for the warming trend to start taking back over the nation. An area of low pressure will start to take shape over Oklahoma bringing a pocket of rain and snow mix from Oklahoma to Arkansas and into Western Tennessee along with Northern Mississippi. High pressure over the Plains will keep the region cool and dry, while a warm front pushes showers and higher elevation snows into the Pacific Northwest.
11PM: High pressure will slide into the Mid-Atlantic region overnight. Low pressure will push into Central Oklahoma setting the stage for some wintry mix over the region. This will extend into Northern Mississippi and possibly parts of Northern Alabama. The warm front will push further onshore over the Pacific Northwest bringing another day of showers and higher elevation snows.
Significant Weather Threat for January 8: We are still watching a hard freeze warning for the Gulf Coast, but it should come to an end around noon. A winter weather advisory is in effect from Eastern Oklahoma to Northern Mississippi for a wintry mix over the next couple of days. Lake effect snows are continuing over the Eastern Lakes. A wind advisory is in effect for portions of Montana. A wind chill advisory is also in effect for most of the Northern Plains into the Great Lakes and through the Northeast. We are also watching winter weather watches in effect for both the Rockies of Idaho and the Cascades of Washington with the potential for heavy snowfall.
Storm Outlook: Low pressure is now entering the Gulf of Alaska and will bring snow showers to Southern Alaska. A second area of low pressure is now moving just east of the Kuril Islands and heading northeastward.
Day 2-6: High pressure will slide into the Eastern US and will finally allow for a warming trend across the United States. A weak low pressure area will develop over Southern Oklahoma. This will bring some rain and snow mix to the region from Oklahoma into Arkansas and Western Tennessee along with Northern Mississippi. A second area of high pressure will be over the Southwest US. A warm front will continue to push onshore over the Pacific Northwest bringing low level rains and higher elevation snows. Day three a low pressure will push into the Mid-Mississippi River Valley. This will create an area of light snow over the Western Lakes, while showers will develop from Illinois to the Gulf Coast. A few thunderstorms will also be possible over the Gulf Coast. High pressure over the Rockies will keep the region mild and dry, while the warm front brings another day of showers and higher elevation snows to the Northwest. Day four the powerful storm system will move into the Eastern US bringing showers from New York City to Florida. Some snowfall will be possible from Boston northward. There will also be snow over the Appalachians. High pressure will dominate the Plains and the Gulf Coast, while a storm system moves out of the Pacific Northwest and into the Northern Rockies bringing snowfall to the region. Day five will have high pressure along both coasts. A clipper system will move through the Great Lakes bringing snowfall to the region. A new storm system will be entering the Pacific Northwest with more rain and higher elevation snows. The period will end with a clipper system moving through the Plains bringing light snowfall to the region.
Day 7-11: The period will start with high pressure dominating most of the country with another shot of cool weather. Day eight will see a storm system develop in the Southeast US and make its way up the Eastern US bringing some rain and snow to the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast. Day nine high pressure will dominate the weather from the Gulf Coast to the Pacific Northwest. A strong clipper system will move over the Northern Plains and Great Lakes bringing strong winds, cold weather and snowfall to the region. The period will finish with another strong Arctic High pushing into the Plains bringing another round of cold weather. An area of low pressure will start to take shape over Western Texas bringing showers to the region. This will expand into the Gulf Coast.
Day 12-16: The period will start with a strong storm system over Northwestern Florida bringing rain and thunderstorms to state. Over the Gulf Coast we will see rain along the coast, mixing with rain and snow for the Tennessee River Valley. A strong high pressure center will build into Eastern Texas bringing another shot of cold weather south. High pressure will also dominate the Western US. Day 13 the Eastern US will be bracing for a possible significant winter storm which could bring heavy snowfall to the major cities. High pressure will dominate the rest of the country with cold weather. Day 15 another storm system will develop over the Southern Plains and bring showers and some wintry mix to the region. The period will finish with low pressure moving through the Tennessee River Valley bringing showers to the region also some snow over the Mid-Mississippi River Valley, while another storm system arrives into the Pacific Northwest.