The Cold On Hold... For Now
Posted by Chris Lambert
January football in New England... 50 is not expected, but that's what we'll deal with this afternoon! Despite an ugly looking start today, I do think there will be some improvement this afternoon. We won't see much sun, but at least the fog and mist lifts, and a few bright spots in the overcast appear as temps head toward 50. Upper 40s and dry for the Pats tailgating, with temps warming into the low 50s early this evening during the game!
We'll hit 50+ again Monday... but this is the last 50 degree day for the foreseeable future as colder weather works in. The coldest day on the 7-day is Friday as highs struggle to get out of the 20s. If you think that's cold... wait until the following week when the bottom drops out on the mercury.
Long range forecast models have been remarkably consistent in showing high pressure building in over the Arctic in the Jan 21st-25th timeframe. When this occurs, the brutally cold air across the Arctic and in northern Canada gets dislodged, and pushes south. This go around, it appears the Midwest and Northeast will be in the path of some of the coldest air we've seen in a couple of years. It was two years ago on January 24th that Boston had a high of 13 and a low of -2. Time will tell if we can challenge those numbers. Forecasting patterns 8-12 days certainly can be challenging, but the signals for cold air are there.
Whether we near those icy numbers or not, at least I'm more optimistic for those backyard skating rinks making a marvelous comeback. I'd use the afternoons this mid week coming up to freshen them up and pour more water on top. They will freeze solid with colder days ahead!
Enjoy the weekend and Go Pats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
On a side note, temps look like they'll be close to 30 next Sunday before the brutal cold arrives the following week. Just sayin'.