Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sunny - cold week ahead

High pressure will dominate our weather through Thursday with sunshine, but cold weather. This morning the temperature has dropped to -20C here on L'Ile Perrot with readings as cold as -25C in St Jerome. Nothing but sunshine and chilly temperatures for most of this week. The high today will be near -11C. The good news is that the sun is feeling stronger and warmer these days. The bad news is it is colder than normal and we have piles of snow on the landscape that looks like it will never leave. I know I have a lawn underneath the snow, but i have not seen it since late November.

AcuWeather.com potential track for this weeks storm. Again a near miss for Montreal.
Valentines Day Storm?
A big weather story over the next few days will be a developing winter storm over the Gulf Coast states that will spread snow and freezing rain from Texas to Georgia today and then snow from the Carolinas to New England by late Thursday. Atlanta and Dallas are looking at significant ice once again. As I mentioned yesterday, there is still not a solid forecast track for this latest storm, but most scenarios carry the center too far south and east of the St. Lawrence Valley for any appreciable snowfall. It will likely be cloudy on Friday with northeast winds and perhaps a few flurries here in Montreal. The snow will fall across Vermont and points east including the Gaspe and Atlantic Canada. This could be a big storm for places like Philadelphia, New York, Boston and Halifax with perhaps 30cm (1 foot) of wind driven snow. Coastal areas may change over to rain or a mix. We will need to look at later model runs to determine a forecast, but if the same pattern that has been in place all winter continues, the storm will miss Montreal.

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