ATLANTA, GA — Unseasonable cold started off the new year and only worsened last week to pile snowfall on shivering Atlantas and cancel schools in the region, but milder temperatures have brought about a January thaw with highs topping a spring-like 60 degrees in northern Georgia. So what does the bulk of the winter have in store with two full months to go? Will the bitter wind chills return, or will we enjoy more mild weather for the rest of the season?
The Weather Channel has some new insight. In a recent long-term forecast update, meteorologists from the Weather Channel crunched their data and computer models to come up with a prediction for the rest of winter. The news is good for the Peach State if you’re over below freezing day-time highs.
Much of the northern tier of the United States should expect colder-than-average temperatures to end winter and begin spring, the forecast says. But, temperatures in Georgia will be at or slightly above average in February and March, the Weather Channel predicts.
“The good news for those in the South that are tired of the cold: La Niña conditions are expected to still be in place through February, which typically results in a ridge of high pressure near the Southeast, limiting the cold in the region,” Chief Meteorologist Todd Crawford said in a news release.
But the cold air isn’t expected in all of the country. La Niña conditions will linger through February, which typically results in a ridge of high pressure near the Southeast, limiting the cold in the region, Crawford said.
In March, warmer-than-average temperatures are expected from Florida along the northern Gulf Coast, with temperatures near to slightly above average extending from the Southeast into much of the central Plains and into southeastern Montana. Temperatures well above average are possible from southern Texas into coastal Louisiana.
In the meantime, here’s the forecast for the week ahead:
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 46. Southeast wind around 5 mph.Monday: A slight chance of showers between 2pm and 4pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. South wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.Monday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely before midnight, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. South wind 10 to 15 mph becoming west after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.Tuesday: A 10 percent chance of showers before 7am. Sunny, with a high near 53. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 33. Northwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 52.Wednesday Night: Clear, with a low around 31.Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 57.Thursday Night: Clear, with a low around 34.Friday: Sunny, with a high near 56.Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.Saturday: A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 58.Saturday Night: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 48. Chance of precipitation is 70%.Sunday: A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57.
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