Warm today, but arctic invasion is coming

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The National Weather Service’s long-range forecast calls for a frigid area of arctic air to move south through the Great Lakes and toward the East Coast next week. The National Weather Service’s long-range forecast calls for a frigid area of arctic air to move south through the Great Lakes and toward the East Coast next week.
Brutal cold is on its way even though temperatures could reach slightly above 60 degrees on the South Jersey mainland today, Monday, Jan. 14, according to National Weather Service forecasters. Then the weather changes and our fun begins when an arctic inivasion of cold air begins to plan its attack on our area.
A zonal weather pattern that was responsible for our recent mild South Jersey weather will buckle in the coming weeks like the snap of a whip across the United States.
As a result, arctic air will slowly inch away across the United States in a series of wintry blasts that will most likely continue into the first week of February, according to Weather Service long-term forecasters.
Expect high temperatures in the upper 40s on Tuesday, Jan. 14, with rain around through Wednesday. 
From then on skies will clear, but daily high temperatures will continue to fall all across South Jersey. 
By the time we make our first sips of coffee on Monday, Jan. 21, we will be starting a day in which high temperatures could be lucky enough to reach the mid- to upper-30s.
Yep, that’s pretty cold.
And from then on it gets even colder.
Between Jan. 21-26 expect high temperatures to range about 10 degrees below normal with highs struggling to reach the lower 30s. Normal highs on Jan. 21 are 41 degrees.
Relief, however, is in sight.
The trouble is that you may need a telescope to see it and a lot of patience before you find it.
Long-range models show a warming trend, but not until after Punxsutawney Pete has emerged from his burrow in search of his shadow. Yep, it will still be colder than normal when we crown a Super Bowl champion on Feb. 3
It surely does seem like a long time.
And it is.
 
Weather fun place: Cloudy, Okla.
You’d think a place named for overcast skies would be nestled along the Northwest coast where Pacific moisture fuels frequent rainy days. It’s not true in this case. Cloudy, Okla., gets its name from the nearby Cloudy Creek in the rural southeast corner of the state.  Expect cloudy conditions early today in Cloudy with temperatures reaching 46 degrees.
 
 
  

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