Weather: Arctic high-pressure system keeps winter storm well to our south (1/12/19)

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It’s a bitterly cold weekend across much of northern New England and New York’s North Country, all thanks to an Arctic high-pressure system. Think of it as a ‘glass dome’ and we are sitting underneath it, meaning this cold weather isn’t going away anytime soon. What else this Arctic high-pressure system is doing is suppressing a rather vigorous winter storm, that extends from the Midwest to the shores of North Carolina, to the south. All that means, the active weather remains well to the south and we will enjoy more of the sunshine.

With the dome of chilly air remaining, temperatures will remain dangerously cold! Overnight lows will range from 5° to -10°, and even with a light breeze, it will ‘feel like’ -5° to -15°. Make sure you are checking on elderly neighbors, and limit the amount of time your pets are outside. For yourself, make sure you are not leaving skin exposed for a prolonged amount of time. This way you avoid frostbite. Expect the Arctic chill to linger right through Monday, then we slowly return to a bit more seasonable temperatures.

As the Arctic high-pressure system moves out, we are watching a few fronts to move through starting by Tuesday, increasing the cloud cover. Eventually, we will see snow showers return by Wednesday of next week. Beyond the midweek, our forecast does look a bit unsettled with the chance for additional snow shower by late next week. 

Tonight: Mostly clear, and very cold! Overnight lows range from 5° to -10°. Wind: North 3-5mph.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a few afternoon clouds. Still rather cold, afternoon high, upper single digits to the middle teens. But will feel like 0° to -10°. Wind: North 5-10mph.

Sunday Night: Partly clear, and cold again. Overnight lows range from 5° to -10°. Wind: Light & Variable.

Monday: Mostly to partly sunny, afternoon high low to middle 20s. Wind: South 5-10mph.

Tuesday: Becoming mostly cloudy, near seasonable warmth. Afternoon high, the upper 20s to low 30s. 

Wednesday: Partly to mostly cloudy, occasional snow showers. Afternoon high, the low 30s. 

Have a great weekend, and stay warm! 
-SkyTracker Meteorologist Torrance Gaucher

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