End of January Outlook: Thawing Out!

We are about halfway through the 2017-2018 winter season and it has been off to a cold start. Thanks to a very cold end of December and start to January, temperatures east fo the Rocky Mountains have been well below average. 

Peoria's average temperature from January 1st through January 17th was 13.7°, 11.1° below average. As for snowfall it hasn't been a blockbuster season thus far. Peoria has seen near average snowfall with 10.8 inches of snow so far in the 2017-2018 Winter Season.

Every state in the U.S. has seen measurable snow so far in the 2017-2018 winter season. Yes even Hawaii, after all they do have 13,000-14,000 ft peaks on the island chain! Parts of the southeast have been hit exceptionally hard this winter. In fact, parts of Georgia have received more snow this winter season than we have in Central Illinois!  

It looks like Central Illinois could be in for a welcomed warm-up at the end of the month. Long range forecast suggest that ridging will develop east of the Rockies while troughing develops further west. This weather pattern will support warmer than normal temperatures across the eastern half of the U.S. while below average temperatures develop west of the Rockies. As of now, it looks like high temperatures through the end of January will generally be in the 30s and 40s as opposed to the 20s and teens we saw for the first half of the month.

While the weather is looking warmer, it is also looking wetter. A predominately southerly flow will help transport moisture from the Gulf of Mexico northward in to the Midwest. This will result in higher chances of seeing above normal precipitation, whether or not this precipitation will fall as rain or snow will depend on storm track. Storms passing to our north will favor rain while storms passing to our south will favor snow.


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