The northern jet stream has taken a vacation back in Canada, bottling up all traces of arctic air well north of the lower 48. This is unfortunate for snow-lovers, as the southern storm slated to hit us Sunday is following a classic “big-snowstorm” track, but there’s simply no cold air.
This warmish pattern will continue through early next week, with a gradual drop in temperatures from the middle to the end of the week. However, even that cool-down will not be associated with any true arctic air. Nevertheless, there is a sliver of a chance that it could be just barely cold enough with the next system for some mix or even wet snow.
The bigger picture hints that by early February we could see a rapid reversal of this mild pattern, sending us back into the deep freeze with potentially more snow possibilities.
Snow-fans, be patient.
* by Jim Duncan