The freezing weather of the winter storm is almost over. Temperatures will rise next week
People across the United States are making the most of a snow day
Everywhere it snowed in the United States over the past week, you can find people enjoying it.
If you’re tired of the bitter cold, there’s some good news on the horizon: Next week looks set to be noticeably milder from coast to coast, meteorologists say.
In fact, about 90% of the country should see normal to above-normal temperatures by the middle of next week, Paul Pastelok, a long-range meteorologist at AccuWeather, told USA TODAY.
“It’s going to make a big difference for people in the Plains and the Midwest,” Pastelok said. He said temperatures will be about 8-14 degrees higher than normal there next week, a far cry from the record harsh and cold temperatures those areas experienced this week.
“Deep Freeze” will loosen its grip on the Lower 48 Level
Federal scientists also predict a warming trend next week: “A significant increase in temperatures is expected across the lower 48 starting next week and continuing for at least the next 10 days,” Richard Tinker, a meteorologist at the Climate Prediction Center, told USA News. TODAY. “Another blast of cold air is expected later this week. After that, the ‘deep freeze’ will loosen its grip and the odds favor higher-than-normal temperatures over the next 10 days or so across the entire Lower 48.”
Tinker said the warming will be a result of weather patterns that will prevent the incursion of Arctic air from moving into the country. He said next week’s weather will see a high pressure area off the East Coast, flooding the Lower 48 with moderate air originating mainly over waters south of the country.
The cold isn’t quite ready to subside yet
But first, before the warmer air arrives, we have to endure this week’s cold: After a slightly milder Wednesday, a new wave of cold air is expected to descend south over the northern Plains and Midwest, reaching the deep South by the end. Forecasters said this week.
“For much of the country, this will end up being the coldest and most widespread Arctic air in a few winters,” said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Matt Benz.
Is next week’s warmth the January thaw?
According to the Farmers’ Almanac, during the January thaw, which typically lasts about a week, temperatures rise an average of 10 degrees higher than the previous week, then drop again in time for the arrival of February. Although it is called a “thaw,” the January thaw does not necessarily melt the snow and ice while it is present.
“In areas where winter weather is exceptionally cold, temperatures during snowmelt may not rise even above freezing,” the calendar said. However, more temperate regions may experience what could be described as a “false spring.”
The January thaw appears to be more than just folklore: Although the thaw does not occur at a specific time, climate scientists note that the most common thaw occurs from January 19 to 28. The so-called melting is most noticeable in the eastern United States, but can be traced as far west as Missouri, said Art DiGaetano, a climate scientist at the Northeast Regional Climate Center.
Contributing: The Associated Press