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Quiet Week Ahead.

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After a cold start to the New Year, much of the coming week will be at or above normal with respect to temperatures with no major storm systems affecting the state anytime soon. This relatively quiet weather pattern also suggests little or no mention of precipitation, either liquid or frozen, anytime soon either.

There will be several weak frontal boundaries coming across the state, but they will not amount to much more than a wind shift. For example, light southerly winds tonight and much of the day Monday will shift to a more northerly direction late Monday and Monday night as a cool front moves from the NW to the SE. Since there is no moisture to work with, only a few clouds are expected and no mention of precipitation. The southerly winds will produce a nice rebound with above normal temperatures Monday afternoon and the northerly winds on Tuesday will keep temperatures near normal for this time of year.

Another boundary will likely move through late Wed or early Thu, but the more westerly component to the winds could actually result in milder temperatures for Thursday before things start cooling down. It does appear that colder air will be filtering back into the state on Saturday and Sunday.

After that, there are preliminary indications of a much more interesting weather pattern developing during the following week. At those time ranges, there is not a lot of consistency in the various model solutions as they will often flip from one day to the next. So, check back for updates and stay tuned as we still have a lot of winter ahead of us.

Dick Faurot

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