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Since late December we have been warning that the relatively warm, wet conditions that have dominated the eastern half of the nation would erode by the middle of January, making way for a colder, snowier second half of winter. Temperatures are poised to warm back to seasonal temperatures this week, but the long range outlook still highlights more frequent cold shots and chances for snow for the Eastern US. The Northeast’s first significant winter storm could impact the region as soon as next weekend. It seems this weekend’s cross-country snowstorm was merely a precursor of things to come. January 20th appears to be the critical date at which the gates to the arctic open to the Eastern US. Readers may recall from last week’s Sunday Storm that this date is the first to feature a completely split polar vortex pattern in the Northeast. The polar vortex is the semi-permanent region of…