Now that many areas are several inches, or even a foot above average for snowfall, I think it's time we get a bit of a break. In fact, it has been 2 months since we have gone more than 3 straight days without at least a trace of snow. But finally, it looks like we are in for a calm week… but cold as the title alludes to. Northerly flow at the surface and much of the atmosphere really, will allow dry and cold air to continuously pour into the region. This will lead to below average temperatures each and every day right through the upcoming weekend, but it will also lead to a pretty tranquil time period. At this point, I think many of us will trade a few degrees for a few straight days of dry commutes. This cold and dry air is pushing the storm track much further south… you can see that in the image below courtesy of the National Weather Service.
It has already been a very snowy season for much of the eastern two thirds of the country with more than double the average snowfall so far in the season from parts of Kansas and Oklahoma, eastward through the Ohio and Tennessee valleys and into the Great Lakes. Here is where snow currently lies across the U.S. with 57% of the nation now covered in a blanket of white.
With the storm track to our south, and an active weather pattern ahead, this blanket will be expanding and deepening even further, especially for the Plains, Midwest, and Northeast. Check out the current snowfall forecast for the next 3 days across the country according to one of the many forecasting computer models.
A pretty wide swath of snow is expected with over a foot of fresh powder possible in over a dozen states from Kansas and Missouri eastward to New England.