Winter Returns with 1-2 Punch

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By Quincy Vagell on January 11, 2013, 4:15pm Last modified: January 14, 2013, 10:37am

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After a weekend with above normal temperatures, a cold front on Monday is expected to bring chilly air back to Connecticut for Tuesday and Wednesday. Looking further ahead, there are still indications of even colder air by the end of next week.

This weekend: Mild with highs reaching into the 50's for most areas by Sunday.
Monday: Clouds, a few showers possible as cooler air moves in late-day. Highs around 50.
Tuesday and Wednesday: Gradual clearing, turning cooler. Highs in the 30's to near 40.
Thursday through Saturday: Even colder air as temperatures may stay below freezing even during the daylight hours for one or two of those days across Connecticut.

Models are in pretty good agreement for the weather pattern through Tuesday of next week. This weekend still looks mild and it all comes down to cloud-cover. If enough sunshine breaks out, 60 is still reachable for some inland areas on Sunday. Monday looks to be the transition day as a cold front slips through the area. The computer models have been trending drier, now only showing perhaps a rain shower or two with the frontal passage. Some models had also been indicating a wave of low pressure bringing another round of precipitation for Tuesday into Wednesday, but the latest data favors a dry forecast. Even into the end of the week, the models are in surprisingly good agreement with a blast of cold air reaching New England. Although some of the details still need to be worked out,
it looks like Thursday through Saturday will feature below average temperatures.
If the operational Euro and GFS are correct in showing 850mb temperatures down around -20C on Friday, inland areas might struggle to reach 20 degrees and overnight lows could fall to around zero. Although a few snow flurries or snow showers could reach the area, no significant storms are expected for next week.

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