Happy New Year, everyone! This new year is definitely bringing winds of change.
A strong cold front moved through Sunday with spotty showers. That front is charging out to sea, but the effects of it are just starting to show. Strong northwesterly winds behind the front will usher in much colder air. We are swinging from way above average to way below it– and that average is 42 degrees right now.
Temperatures will drop into the 30s Sunday night, then barely recover to the low 40s Monday before plummeting to the 20s at night. Then, highs will struggle to get into the low 30s Tuesday and Wednesday. Meanwhile, these gusty winds are also connecting with the lakes and kicking off a lake-effect snow event. A winter storm warning is in effect for Garrett and part of Allegany Counties through Tuesday for accumulating snow. East of the mountains, we could see rounds of snow showers possibly making it all the way down to the metro region.
This cold snap will be harsh, but not last too long. Temperatures will moderate the second half of the week.