We’ve compiled a list of the top four weather stories we’re watching for you this week. That includes the arctic outbreak, potential Northeast winter storm, rainy times ahead for California, and more lake-effect snow.

Arctic Outbreak:

It was rather cold to end the year of 2017, but unfortunately that cold will continue east of the Rockies for at least the first week of 2018. If you thought temperatures were cold last week, just wait until this week because it’s going to get even colder for some locations with temperatures up to 40 degrees below average.

View our story on the cold here.

Major Winter Storm?

There’s been a lot of speculation for almost a week now on whether the Northeast will deal with their first major snowstorm of the winter season. There are still many questions surrounding the forecast but there are other components about the storm we have a pretty good grasp on.

Very Welcome Relief Headed to California:

It’s been bone dry across the state of California for months now, but finally a series of storms are likely to bring a much-needed dose of rain to the Golden State. The first round of rain will move in on Thursday, and then a second may arrive by the weekend.

Lake-Effect Snow:

Lake-effect snow will continue to pummel the Great Lakes region this week. After record-breaking snowfall for Erie, PA on Christmas, more rounds are on the way. The first round will affect the region Monday into Tuesday, then a second one will likely occur late in the week.


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