January Will Start Mild Then Get Chilly

By: WITN Weather
By: WITN Weather

The month of January will start mild but colder than normal conditions are likely to return.

I've been reviewing the weather charts and it has been an interesting year for weather across eastern North Carolina.  We had two signficant snowstorms early in 2010 that was followed by one of the hottest summers on record.  After a mild fall we saw the return of very cold air for December and 7.5 inches of snow at the WITN Weather Station.  In fact, temperatures averaged almost 11 degrees below normal, which gave us the coldest December since 1989.  The cold air will be replaced by mild air for the first weekend of the new year.  Following our warm weekend, it appears we'll return to seasonably chilly weather conditions for much of next week.  We should not see the return of extreme cold at least for another 7 to 10 days although I wouldn't call it warm.  I fully expected December to be a colder than normal month but I thought most of the cold would be gone by the first of the year.  It looks like I may have to alter my forecast a bit.  Long-range models are suggesting that colder than normal air will settle into the Southeast during the second and third week of January.  If those models are correct we could see another chilly month across eastern North Carolina.  However, I do not expect to see temperatures average as much below normal as we've just seen in December.  I'll follow up on the forecast as we progress through the month of January.

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  • by Linda Location: Ayden on Jan 7, 2011 at 07:55 AM
    Hey Anonymous were are getting some more snow tonight, this was a surprise to me this morning.
  • by Linda Location: Ayden on Jan 3, 2011 at 12:31 PM
    I don't know of any, but I keep hearing there might be something coming later this week through the grapevine but not any tv forecasters. Then the old folks say after thunder, 10 days later we are suppose to see snow. I wonder if any body else thinks that?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 2, 2011 at 01:07 PM
    Any idea about any winter storms coming this way?

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