Temperatures will be staging a dramatic turnaround from the middle to the end of the upcoming week, a thaw from the recent lengthy cold snap.
The frequent plunges of arctic air will be taking a break, but interest will shift to what happens next weekend. Signs of a strong Gulf storm brewing around that time period are showing up on most of the computer models, but the trends seem to be keeping the milder air in place too.
There are conflicting signals on this, as well as the eventual track and development of the storm, so will be interesting to follow the guidance on this system as the next few days unfold.
* Jim Duncan