Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Blog for Jan. 2

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Headlines 

A cloudy, cool, damp feel to the weekend

A nice start to the work week

A system to watch at the end of the week

Meteorologist Mark’s Weather Vlog

48-Hour WX

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Mostly cloudy. A chance for rain showers overnight.

Sunday: A chance for a morning shower or sprinkle. Otherwise, mostly cloudy.

Monday – Tuesday: Mostly sunny and pleasant.

Wednesday: Clouds increase ahead of the next storm system.

Thursday: Rain showers likely. Rain may mix with or change to snow overnight.

Friday: Chance of rain and/or snow. Colder.

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Thoughts (New!)

There is still an outside chance that tonight’s rain showers may mix with snow by Sunday morning. I wouldn’t expect any impacts, though.

I started to use the “snow scale” for Thursday & Friday but I ultimately decided not to. If you have travel plans for the end of the week you will need to keep up with the forecast. Right now, it looks like we have a shot at rain, snow or ice. I’m not comfortable sounding any alarms this far out. We all know the forecast will change too much between now and then. Still, it’s on my mind and I’ll certainly keep you posted. The culprit for this possible wintry mischief is an upper-level low, which is basically a cold pocket of air aloft. These upper-level lows can spin overhead and drop some frozen precip. Models have been rather consistent with that pattern. I’ll see if that continues to hold true.

Aside from that, the week is looking to start off very nicely for January. Could be a nice opportunity to get outside.

Wx Threats for the Next 7 Days

On This Day in Wx History

1904- A powerful cold front drops Nashville’s temperature 46 degrees! Music City dropped from a daytime high of 59 degrees, to a low of 13 the following morning!

Almanac

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 86° at Brooksville, Plant City, Tampa, Williston, and Zephrhills, Florida

Low: -22° at Peter Sinks, Utah

Today’s National Wx Hazards

Wintry weather affects much of the Northeast today, with the most adverse impacts being felt across Maine, with very heavy snowfall. Another storm system brings more snow to the Northwest.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

Freezing rain will wreck havoc across much of Pennsylvania and even southward into the DC area. Accumulating snow can be found across parts of New England. Another area of accumulating snowfall can be found across northern Minnesota. Farther west, a storm system brings more snow to the northern Rockies and Sierra Nevada Mountains.

 Weather Shots

Michaeal Armstrong (@KOCOMichael) snapped this beautiful picture of the Survivor Tree at the Oklahoma City memorial for the Murrah Building. Michael commented, “The Survivor Tree dressed in white sure is a beautiful sight. I had a moment to take this while I was covering the last of the storm this morning. It was so peaceful.”

Michael reminds us to “never forget.”

To learn about this tree and the Murrah building, please visit https://www.nps.gov/okci/index.htm

NASA Nerdology 

Two years ago this week, New Horizons flew by the most distant object ever explored, Arrokoth, a billion miles beyond Pluto within the Kuiper belt. New Horizon’s images revealed that the object is composed of two lobes. She ain’t pretty but it sure is amazing to think we can see images from THIS far away! Just mindboggling….

You all have a great day!

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