|Milder Pacific air is expected to dominate the weather pattern from coast to coast in Canada, through at least the middle of January. (AccuWeather.com Map)|
Before the thaw arrives in full force, we will have to deal with low pressure and a warm front that have been producing widespread freezing rain across portions of the US plains. The ice storm has caused power outages and numerous accidents from Oklahoma into Kansas. The front will arrive late Tuesday, with a messy mix of snow and freezing rain. Amounts may warrant advisories or warnings, but none have been issued at this time. Temperatures will be mild throughout the upcoming week, with highs generally from plus 1 to 4C (33 to 39F), and overnight lows from -3 to -5C (23 to 27F). Once the precipitation ends on Wednesday, we can expect partial sunshine and warm temperatures well into next weekend. Enjoy the break from the winter cold, because indications are that February will be much more winter-like than the previous months so far this season.
|Some of the large "parking lot" piles of snow around the city, like the one shown above in St. Laurent, will begin to melt a little this week. (ValleyWX)|