MU's Current Conditions: (at 21:15) Temp: 52 F | Dew Point: 42 | Wind: ESE - 4 mph
SPECIAL WEATHER DISCUSSION (Updated twice weekly, but more often when storms threaten.)

* No Winter Storms in Sight for Lancaster Area *

2:00pm Monday, January 22:
High temps today and Tuesday will approach 60 degrees before a cold front crosses the county around 2:00pm Tuesday. A few hours of rain is likely late tonight into early Tuesday...and perhaps even a rumble of thunder. Increasing winds and clearing skies later Tuesday will mark the arrive of a cooler, drier air mass for the second half of the week. Temperatures Wednesday through Friday will actually run very close to normal...with highs near 40 and overnight lows in the 20s. Cool, but not cold.

Come next weekend, however, southwesterly flow will bring another round of unseasonably warm air as another low pressure system cuts to our west. After a mild, mainly dry Saturday, I expect clouds to increase early Sunday with periods of rain in the afternoon and/or overnight...and, once again, the rain could end with a rumble of thunder Sunday night or early Monday.

Rinse & repeat. Another glancing shot of chilly air next Tuesday will likely give way to another warming trend back to 50 (or even 60) by around February 1st.

So when will sustained cold air return...along with the chance of some snow? I'm not making any promises, but I do see early signs of a pattern shift that could bring the arrival of a colder pattern to the East beginning sometime between February 4th and 14th...and then last a couple of weeks...and perhaps into early March. --Horst



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