January 2018 has been a month that has seen some wild temperature swings. Peoria has seen temperatures range from -16° on the first of the month to 60° on the 11th and 22nd. It looks like the recent stretch of mild weather is going to come to an end as multiple rounds of cold air move into Central Illinois through next week setting the stage for what could be a cold February.
Starting Sunday, a series of cold front fronts will move through Central Illinois through the end of next week. Each front will bring a blast of cold air that will subsequently be colder than the one before. The end result will be temperatures gradually becoming colder through the end of January and into February.
Medium to long range models suggests that the weather pattern will begin to flip across the United States early next week. Ridging will build across Alaska and across the eastern Atlantic Ocean creating a blocking pattern. This pattern will allow warmer than normal temperatures to surge towards the North Pole while colder than normal temperatures develop east of the Rockies. This pattern will favor much colder temperatures moving into Central Illinois through the first few weeks of February.
The Climate Prediction Center is projecting that colder than normal conditions and above average precipitation will develop across Central Illinois through the first few weeks of February. The pattern certainly looks to favor colder and snowier weather across Central Illinois through the month of February.
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