Hello January, hello winter.
The strong cold front that moved through Sunday is leaving its mark. Gusty, cold winds are bringing accumulating snow to Garrett and Allegany Counties while also spreading flurries and snow showers all the way down to the Bay. There is even a winter storm warning in effect for the western facing slopes out west, where we could get 6-10″ of snow in some locations. This is great news for the ski resorts and all of you planning your ski trips.
After topping out near 60 degrees over the weekend, we only made it to 46 degrees Monday – and that was at midnight. We spent most of the afternoon already down in the 30s. We will struggle to get to those 30s for highs the next two afternoons, while overnight lows drop into the teens and 20s. The winds will still be gusting over the Great Lakes again Tuesday, bringing us some flurries and snow showers. But that connection will break on Wednesday, cutting off any flurries/snow showers while also cutting off the bleeding of Arctic air down into the U.S. Temperatures will moderate later on this week while two weak storms pass north of us, dragging clouds through Wednesday and again on Friday.
We will be watching for a possible coastal storm this weekend.