This is going to be one of those weeks where there isn’t much to talk about weather-wise. As with last year the main weather systems will remain out west – A series of cold fronts will approach the West Coast over the next few days; which will direct a nearly continuous swath of moisture onshore. The real cold air remains in northern Canada, Eurasia and Siberia. Nothing in the near or long term is showing this to change.
Coastal areas will have rain, possibly heavy at times, while portions of the Cascades and the Sierras will have snow today. The eastern edge of precipitation will spread across the Northern Rockies on Monday. Ranges in northwest Wyoming and southwest Montana could see accumulations of at least 4 to 8 inches. So, any snow we (won’t) see will remain in the Rockies.
A clipper system is forecast to drop southeast from Canada and pass through the Great Lakes region and the Northeast today. Rain and snow is expected with this fast-moving system over parts of the Lower Great Lakes
to the Central Appalachians and then across the Northeast today into Monday. Much of the south-central and southeast U.S. will be mostly dry over the next few days as surface high pressure returns.
So, for those of you who enjoy this late fall pattern, our mild weather pattern will continue for quite some time, at least into early December. No major systems or arctic outbreaks are in sight. A weak cold front will bring a slight chance of rain showers late Tuesday, but a better chance of showers exists on Thursday. High temperatures on Tuesday could touch 60 degrees. We may see a few clipper systems coming in as we get into December, but I am not seeing any cold air hanging out for extending periods until we get into late December (the gray colors in the image above).
Will we see accumulating snow? I am seeing a few chances as we get into the second week of December but I don’t see it hanging around for long. Houghton has lost most of its snow (the image to the left). Most of the snow in the U.S. is now confined to the Rockies or in area ski resorts such as Bittersweet (image in the side bar).
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