As we head into the heart of the winter season and the last full week of January – which is climatologically the coldest time of the year – temperatures are going to do their part to reflect the calendar.
Despite a mild day on Tuesday (40s), the stretch of weather from this past Friday out to next weekend will likely end up as the coldest week of the 2021-2022 winter. While we’ve had a few (very) cold days thus far in January, each has been preceded or followed by mild temperatures, balancing out the chilly readings – relative to average. So with temperatures at or below normal throughout just about the entire upcoming 7-10 day stretch, this period will likely end up as the coldest this season. The worst of the chill is likely to build into the region during midweek, with Thursday looking particularly cold and icy at this time.
The ECMWF 7-day temperature anomaly map shows the deviation from average expected between this Sunday morning and next Sunday morning. There are plenty of blues and greens on the map…signifying a cold stretch of weather.