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After a fairly warm December and start to January, signs are finally starting to point towards winter coming back to life. Consistent features in our most recent pattern that have been dominating the United States for the last month and a half look like they are beginning to breakdown, allowing the chances for snow in the east to rise once again. The first big signal we’re tracking is this weekend, where a storm originating from the south looks to meet up with some colder air to the north and produce snow. The question remains, where and exactly how much? With 4-5 days to go still we can’t give any solidified details, but we can start breaking down the general scenarios we’re watching. There are several pieces to this storm that involve both our southern and northern branches of the jet stream. This complicates things a bit, but also raises the…

While stormy weather continues for the Northwest through the rest of this week, all eyes turn to yet another powerful storm system developing across the Deep South. With a lack of available cold air, we’ll be watching this southern storm impact the entire Eastern Seaboard by the end of the week with heavy rain, strong winds, and the potential for some severe weather. This is the Wednesday edition of your WeatherOptics Morning Briefing. Let’s take a look at what the rest of this week has in store. Northwestern US Remains Stormy: Multiple strong storm systems have been impacting the northwestern United States due to a very active Pacific Jet. This will continue to be the case through the end of the week, with the third significant storm of the week hitting Thursday into Friday.The graphic below shows the current storm impacting the northwestern US. While quick hitting, the impacts will still…

Whether you like it or not, it’s that time of the year in the Northeast. Developing storms with cold air infiltrating from the north, leading to the crystal white flakes we know as snow. An incoming weak storm system from the heart of the country will meander its way east over the course of the day, spreading early season snow to Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and the midwestern Great Lakes. While snowfall totals will be on the lighter side for these areas, the storm will cut north tomorrow and allow lake enhanced snowfall to form over the Great Lakes, leading to some slightly higher totals for parts of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio. As this occurs, a secondary low pressure system will develop off the Delmarva coastline. This is something we typically see during the winter months, allowing colder air to stay in place across the Northeast and for snow to fall…