Happy New Year! The cold and dry pattern continues today as we wake up to single digit temperatures this morning. The sun will stick around through the end of the week and the cold will moderate slightly. Temperatures at the base will go up into the 30's starting today and then near 40 for the weekend. The average high this week is 40 and then 41 this weekend so we will be at or below normal.
We have a storm splitting off the coast today, Thursday, and again Saturday. We may see some clouds over the weekend from another cut-off low that will form from the Southern piece of the splitting storm and will slide down the coast.
The ridge off the coast progresses East next week and is then replaced by another high pressure ridge off the coast. In between we may see a small storm sneaking in around the 10th. This has been shown by the forecast models for days. Not a big storm but enough to freshen up the stale snow. That is still over a week away so we'll have to watch that.
Overall the pattern for the next two weeks will feature a ridge off the coast blocking storms. As we head towards mid-month the temperatures are expected to stay below average and may get even colder. The ridge will be far enough off the coast to allow Arctic air to drop into the West, just not far enough to allow storms in. This is similar to the pattern we had just before the big storms last week. Except this time the pattern is lasting a few weeks.
Still expecting the pattern to shift around mid-month. The PNA forecast is for it to go back negative around mid-month which is an encouraging sign. Until then we will keep our hopes up for a chance of light snow next week. BA