Thanksgiving Still Looking Great…Interesting Look At Next Week

November 21st, 2012 at 11:47 am by under Weather

Warmest Turkey Day In 40 years!

Very warm temperatures are on the way for this Thanksgiving as there were record setting highs in the 60′s and 70′s in nine states yesterday. This record setting trend continues into our region Thursday/

The record for the 22nd is 70 degrees in 1931

As the graphic says, this warm up will be short lived though. Much colder air will be streaming in on Friday.

Take your coat with you Friday!

Temperatures will be on the downward slide through the day on Friday and will quickly fall into the 30s by afternoon. We will also see gusty west to northwest winds. We could also see some Lake Effect Snow showers through late Friday and Saturday. I don’t believe these will be accumulating snow showers but certainly something to see as we go from the 60s into the 30s in less than 24 hours.

Interesting pattern development next week

The 6 to 10 day outlook has temperatures below normal through the end of the month

The pattern is going to change quickly over the weekend and it looks as though it will hold into next week as temperatures will be below to well below normal through the end of the month according to the Climate Prediction Center.

Snow next week?

This is an interesting development and corresponds to another pattern change we could see. It’s still quite early but you will probably hear people start talking about snow next week. While this is by no means a conclusive forecast it is certainly worth looking at.

This is the Global Forecast Systems model for next Tuesday showing snowfall across our area

Again this is a long way out and we certainly don’t have the consensus of the models in our favor right now but one thing I will tell you is that the models are all bringing a major weather system near our area. The track of this system has some uncertainty right now. One model called the GFS track has the area in a heavier snow band. What follows this system is some very cold air and that is what is being hinted at by the Climate Prediction Center’s below normal temperature forecast through the end of the month.

We will certainly be tracking this system from the weather center and the scenario will probably change a couple of times before next week.

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