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Weather Outlook:

Midwest February 2014

The upper level low pressure system, which has been referred to as the Polar Vortex, has really dominated the news of late. Normally situated over the North Pole and Arctic Circle, it has found its way further south and over Hudson Bay. When this occurs, we typically experience much colder temperatures. What is unusual is the strength and persistence of the upper level low. Whenever a ridge tries to break it up and push it back north, the low squashes it and we're stuck with more cold. This pattern is expected to continue well into February, resulting in below normal temperatures.

Precipitation is expected to total drier than normal this month as cold Arctic flow will keep the main storm track to our south. Snowfalls will be on the lighter drier side of normal.

Clouds with passing light snow are favored on Saturday, February 1.

The groundhog is expected to see its shadow on a sunny Sunday, February 2.

Clouds with passing snows are favored from Monday to Wednesday, February 3-5. Snowfalls should be light with colder than normal temperatures.

A sunny day is expected on Thursday, February 6.

A mix of sun and clouds is favored from Friday to Wednesday, February 7-12. Light snowfall totals with colder than normal temperatures will accompany this period.

Clouds and snow are expected on Thursday or Friday, February 13-14. Moderate snowfall totals are possible with temperatures rising, then falling.

Sunny skies and colder than normal temperatures are favored on Saturday and Sunday, February 15-16.

Skies are expected to remain sunny, but expect warmer temperatures on Monday and Tuesday, February 17-18.

Expect a series of passing light snowfalls with some sunshine from Wednesday to Monday, February 19-24.

Sunny skies with warming temperatures are favored from Tuesday to Thursday, February 25-27.

A month-ending winter storm is expected on Friday, February 28. Snowfall totals could be locally heavy.






  















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