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January 22, 2014

Big Story Weather – January 22, 2014

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Weather Forecast for January 22, 2014

11AM: Low pressure will push out to sea allowing the East Coast to begin digging out from all the snow. Another strong cold high pressure will settle in over the Gulf of Mexico bringing more cold weather to the region. There is a second Arctic high moving through the Northern Plains and Rockies bringing with it yet more cold weather along with a few snow showers over Western Montana.

11PM: Low pressure will push through the Great Lakes bringing more snow to the region. Some snowfall totals could reach 6 inches. Strong winds will make for blowing and drifting concerns as well. High pressure will slide into the Plains bringing strong northerly winds over the Eastern Plains. This will create dangerously cold weather and blowing and drifting snow. There will be a few snow showers over Wyoming through the night associated with a weak boundary just to the south of the high. The Gulf Coast and Southeast will remain cold tonight. The Western US will remain dry and warm.

Significant Weather Threat for January 22: Today we are looking at freezing conditions all along the Gulf Coast and into portions of Florida. This will go through the evening as well. Wind chill advisories are in effect for almost the entire Eastern US with wind chill readings below zero for many. A second area of wind chill advisories is in effect for most of the Northern Plains and Southern Plains ahead of the next Arctic high. There is also a winter weather advisory in effect for portions of the Northern Plains for gusty winds and blowing snow. A small area from Eastern North Dakota into Northeast SD and Western MN will see blizzard conditions and are now under a blizzard warning.

Storm Outlook: There is one powerful low pressure continuing to push across the Central Pacific and will make its way into the Pacific Northwest by weeks end.

Extended Outlook:

Day 2-6: The clipper system will bring snowfall to the Great Lakes, while the Arctic high makes it further south into the Southern Plains and the Gulf Coast bringing more cold weather to the region. We will also be watching a small pocket of moisture ahead of this high that could trigger some wintry weather from Texas and possibly the Gulf Coast. Day three there will be some wintry precipitation over Texas and parts of Western Louisiana, while high pressure dominates the rest of the country. Day four another significant winter storm will be pushing through the Northeast US bringing more heavy snowfall to the region, while a few showers develop along the Gulf Coast. Day five will see another clipper system pushing through the Northern Plains bringing more snowfall to the region. Behind that, another strong cold high pressure system will move in. The period will finish with yet another strong storm system moving up the Eastern US with more snowfall for the big cities. The strong cold high pressure will dominate the rest of the country with yet more cold weather, while the West will continue to remain dry and mild.

Day 7-11: The period will start dry as high pressure dominates the majority of the country. Expect mild weather in the West and cooler weather in the East. By day eight another storm will push across the Ohio River Valley, while a new low starts to form in the Gulf of Mexico bringing some rain to the Gulf Coast. Day nine another strong winter storm will push up the East Coast bringing with it more snow. A clipper system will push into the Northern Plains, while a storm system finally approaches the Pacific Northwest with rain and mountain snows. The period will finish with a major storm system moving across the Northern Plains bringing with it heavy snowfall.

Day 12-16: The period will start with a storm system over the Gulf Coast bringing showers to the region, while another storm system pushes into the Pacific Northwest with more rain and mountain snows. The middle of the period another strong storm system will be moving through the Ohio River Valley bringing snow, rain and even thunderstorms along the Gulf Coast. The period will finish very active across most of the United States.