From Snow to Rain…Cold to Warm

January 10th, 2013 at 11:21 am by under Weather

The JET STREAM will be very strong transporting warm air and heavy rain toward the Great Lakes Region

It’s unusual to see 50 in January but upper 50s to near 60 is unprecedented and record setting for our region. A couple of items I wanted to point out about the set up over the next 36 hours. Take a look at how strong the winds will be at 160 mph. That is a very strong jet stream which gains strength because of the cold air buckling it to the west. Keep in mild that if we have an extreme of hot or cold across one area it is usually the opposite across another area upstream. For example, here we have cold air across the western U.S. In fact, there is snow forecast around Los Angeles and  San Diego mountain areas. The other extreme is very warm air across the eastern third of the country.

This strong jet will bring not only warm, record setting temperatures but also moisture to the area with fast moving waves of low pressure.

Here are temperatures in the 50s all the way up to Michigan

Temperatures will be in the 50s,60s and 70s with this unprecedented warmth.

How much rainfall do we expect, here are Futurecast estimates

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