January is off to a very mild start not only here, but over much of the eastern United States. Boston has had only .2" of snow so far this Winter. Golfers are out in Iowa while none of the Great Lakes are frozen over. In fact, one of the things that stood out in the TV coverage of the Eagles vs Da Bears on Sunday was the video showing the Chicago River with zero ice. But that is about to change. Some of the coldest air (45-50 below) in a long time has moved from Siberia into Alaska & northern Canada. Models continue to hint some of that chill will plunge down into the lower 48 over the next couple of weeks, but I have yet to see the dreaded "Polar Vortex" form over the Great Lakes that could spread the cold into he deep South. One thing for sure is the recent mild/warm start to January is ending and the question now becomes how cold will it get? We'll have a better idea once the cold pattern sets up. It should be an exciting couple of weeks.
In the short term, our Spring-like temperatures are leaving as cooler air filters in overnight. Highs Wednesday through Friday will be near or slightly below normal with a brief warm up on Saturday before a stronger cold front arrives for Sunday. Next week looks to be colder. Our only rain chances appear with the front late Saturday into Sunday, We really don't need rain as my yard is finally drying out.
Finally, if you watched the Alabama vs Clemson game, I saw several players that could fit right in with the Saints next year. Unfortunately, we don't pick until the second round so none of those great players will be still on the board. However, we are focused on this year...2 more wins and it's the Super Bowl again! Who Dat! Stay tuned!