Following a brief January thaw late last week, another stretch of chilly, freezing temperatures is in store this week (January 15-21). But, all isn’t lost–I do think another round of warmer air will return by the weekend, and even better, this one looks to be prolonged.
Monday, Jan. 15: Monday will be a warmer day as well as a warmer-feeling day compared to what the past weekend felt like. Winds will relax, allowing for wind chills to get into the mid- to upper teens, while the actual high temperature gets into the upper 20s under partly cloudy skies.
Tuesday, Jan. 16: Tuesday will be dry for the most part, with a mix of sun and clouds and temperatures hovering right around the freezing mark. As an Arctic cold front moves through by the evening, however, a light snow will begin to break out. It’s still unknown when exactly it will start to fall–likely by the evening, but there is the chance it will begin to come down in the afternoon. As of now, there is only the slight chance for an early dismissal from schools.
Wednesday, Jan. 17: Overnight Tuesday, a coastal storm will likely develop right along the Northeast coast, and along with it, snow is now likely Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. This snow may actually be heavy. Right now, I’m predicting between three- and six inches of snow is expected. Now, as we get into Wednesday evening and Thursday, there’s the potential for a second coastal storm to develop. Coastal storms are so difficult to predict, as we know with Winter Storm Grayson earlier this month. But as of press time (Sunday), more snow is possible on Wednesday but it all depends on whether that second storm will develop, where it will track, how much moisture will be associated with it, and how fast will it be moving. [For updates during the week, check my website, Jackson’s Weather.]
Thursday, Jan. 18: That chance for snow remains on Thursday. While it is a very uncertain forecast (it may be snowing or it could just end up being sunny and dry), we do know that it still will be very cold due to the reinforcing shot of cold air that pushed through Tuesday night. The high temperature on Thursday will be below freezing with “feels like” temperatures about 15 degrees cooler than that.
Friday, Jan. 19: Moving into the weekend, we’ll begin to see a pattern change. On Friday, temperatures will be right around average into the mid 30s under sunny skies. That’s looking like a (relatively) gorgeous day to end the week!
Saturday, Jan. 20: Temperatures will continue to warm up into the weekend, so any snow that does fall this week will likely all melt through Saturday, as highs rise up into the 40s and potentially even the 50s next week as a ridge of high pressure builds in. On Saturday, expect sunny skies combined with balmy temperatures.
Sunday, Jan. 21: Highs will approach 50 degrees on Sunday while we stay dry with partly cloudy skies in the forecast.
Jackson Dill is a Wilton High School senior who started the website, Jackson’s Weather. His 7-day forecast will appear each Monday on GOOD Morning Wilton. Visit Jackson’s Weather to find out any changes in the forecast. You can also follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @JacksonsWeather for around-the-clock updates.