Big Story Weather – January 16, 2014
redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly
Weather Forecast for January 16, 2014
11AM: Low pressure moving through the Great Lakes will bring snow showers to the region. Strong winds on the backside of the cold front will make for another blizzard-like day over the Plains with winds gusting to near 65mph. Strong winds will extend across most of the Plains from North Dakota to Northern Oklahoma. High pressure will bring partly cloudy skies and mild weather to the Western US.
11PM: Low pressure will remain over the Great Lakes bringing more snowfall to the region. A few snow showers will extend into the Northeast overnight as well. Strong northwesterly winds will impact a large portion of the United States from the Plains to the Southeast. High pressure over the West will keep the region dry and mild overnight.
Significant Weather Threat for January 16: There are air quality alerts in effect today for portions of Washington and Oregon and extending into Northern California. This is due to the light winds and the general lack of air movement through these regions. Strong northwesterly winds over the Plains have been around 45-55mph with higher gusts. This is why we have high wind watches/warnings in effect across most of the regions. There is also a blizzard warning in effect for today over the Eastern Dakotas and Western Minnesota. Florida has frost/freeze watches and warnings in effect for the cold weather that will spill all the way into Southern Florida.
Storm Outlook: Low pressure in the Gulf of Alaska continues to bring snow showers and gusty winds to the region. A secondary low is pushing across the Eastern Pacific and will make its way towards the Pacific Northwest early next week. At the moment high winds and seas are associated with this storm. A third storm is now pushing well away from Japan and will be moving towards Wake Island bringing increased winds and seas to the region along with a few showers.
Day 2-6: The period will start with the clipper system moving through the Great Lakes bringing light snowfall to the region, while high pressure dominates the rest of the country from the Pacific Northwest to the Southeast. Day three another clipper system will push out of the Plains and into the Great Lakes bringing another round of light snowfall to the region. High pressure will continue to dominate the rest of the country. The period will finish very tranquil with no major weather events across the country.
Day 7-11: The period will start with a huge area of high pressure over most of the country. Look for another shot of cold weather to install itself over the United States from the Rockies to the East Coast. Day nine will have a clipper system moving through the Northern Plains and Great Lakes bringing more snowfall and cold temps along with gusty winds to the region. Showers will extend along the front to the Gulf Coast as well. A new low pressure will begin to develop over the Southwest United States. Day ten a significant storm system will be developing over Southern Texas. This will push rain showers along the Gulf Coast along with isolated thunderstorms near the warm front. Look for snow showers from the Central Plains into the Great Lakes. A strong area of high pressure will push southward over the Northern Plains and create a pocket of snowfall from the Rockies into the Central Plains.
Day 12-16: The period will start with a significant area of high pressure over most of the United States. This will set the stage for another Arctic Outbreak over a good portion of the United States. A strong storm system will be entering the Pacific Northwest bringing showers and higher elevation snows. Day 13 we will be watching high pressure over most of the country bringing very cold air to the region, while the cold air pushes over the Gulf of Mexico look for another low pressure area to develop over the Southwest Gulf. We will also see showers and heavy snows over the Pacific Northwest. The period will finish with another cold air outbreak over the Eastern US associated with high pressure. A new low pressure will push out of the Pacific Northwest and drop into the Southwest US bringing showers and snow showers to the region. The low pressure will begin to push through the Southwest and into the Southern Plains by the beginning of February and will set the stage for another powerful storm system to enter the region and the potential for some severe weather as well.