A weather pattern change is starting to show up in our extended weather models as we look ahead to next week and beyond.
We have had a prolonged stretch of mostly dry and milder than normal weather that is conjuring up thoughts of last year’s winter without a winter. But, the latest information shows a somewhat dramatic shift to storminess and colder temperatures.
For the first time in a while, the jet stream will dip along the eastern seaboard and induce low pressure to form. Since we are streaming toward the winter solstice on Dec. 21, there is more cold air available around us, and if the two can work in concert, the possibility of snow increases.
Right now, both the European and American forecast model suites show two good chances for precipitation. The first looks minor, but the timing is crucial as it might impact the Monday morning commute.
I’m looking for a mix of rain and snow to overspread the area on Sunday, lasting into the day on Monday.
Timing and track is still subject to change. The second has the potential to be much more significant, but because it is farther into the future, the specifics are nearly impossible to nail down. Right now there is the chance of a stronger coastal storm moving up from the south on Tuesday into Wednesday, or possible later into Thursday, with wind, rain or snow, and a higher impact to our day to day activities.
We will have more on this later this week.