Very Cold Thursday Friday Leads to Warmer Weather Into Christmas No Major Storms
There is no doubt that this morning it is very cold across most of the Eastern US with 20s all the way down into Georgia and teens and single digit lows in the Northeast and Middle Atlantic States. We have below zero numbers in Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine. Add to that a rather busy 15 to 20 mph wind and you have a cold start to the day indeed. The core of the cold air is overhead today so we will enjoy what I often describe as ineffective sunshine in cases like this with highs not getting out of the 20s in most places. The wind should start to ease a bit as the day wears on and high pressure moves overhead. The radars are nice and quiet and we may be headed into a nice stretch of rain and snow free weather for the next 5 days at least and probably stretching it out to 7 or 8 days when it is all said and done.
Tonight will be a clear very cold night with most lows in the teens to lower 20s. Friday will be very cold but at least sunshine should take temperatures back up into the lower 30s in most places. For those of you perhaps traveling down south to the Southeast US & Florida we will see a storm move across the Gulf States this weekend and bring some heavy rains to that region later Saturday into Sunday.
There is no chance of this storm moving up the east coast which leaves us in a rather quiet weather scheme over the weekend and for much of next week. Saturday look for some sunshine with highs in the mid to upper 30s. Then we move into Sunday with some sunshine and highs back into the 40s. Monday and Tuesday of next week are quiet with some sun and clouds and temperatures on the mild side. Highs will be in the 40s to near 50 both days.
Taking an early look at Christmas Day it looks rather straight forward with no major storms and no major issues. It looks a little colder out in the west and a little milder in the East but no extremes in either direction. We seem to be in a pattern where it gets stormy for a couple of weeks and then it gets rather quiet and uneventful for a couple of weeks and we seem to be heading into one of those quiet uneventful stretches right in time for the Christmas Holidays!
MANY THANKS TO TROPICAL TIDBITS FOR THE USE OF MAPS
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