A Thaw is on the Way

<B>(Monday Midday January 7, 2013)</B> It will be quiet this afternoon across central New York with clouds slowly giving way to some sunshine. Temperatures today will be seasonably cool with milder weather expected the rest of the week.
High pressure stretching from southeast Canada all the way back into the Ohio Valley will control the weather in central New York the next couple of days.  However, in the short term we do have to contend with some clouds.  The flow aloft this morning has been out of the northwest (coming off of Lake Ontario) which means we are fighting with some lake effect clouds.  As our winds shift into the west this afternoon, this clouds will gradually dissipate.  For some across central New York that may not happen until late in the day.

West to southwest winds will increase this evening from the south, thus the lowest temperatures tonight will likely occur before midnight with steady or even rising temperatures thereafter.  With high pressure still in control Tuesday, we’re expecting a fair amount of sunshine along with milder temperatures. 

Temperatures will continue to warm on the heels of brisk west to southwest winds.  We may see a slight cool down Thursday as a weak cold front is forecast to move through the region.  Still, temperatures are forecast to remain well above average.  And while we have it dry in the forecast Thursday, we’ll need to watch for the possibility for a small chance of spotty showers.

It will really begin to warm-up Friday and for the weekend as high pressure becomes remains established to our south and a series of storm systems tracks to our northwest.  This set up favors unseasonably warm temperatures for the Northeast and we feel highs will approach or possibly exceed 50 Friday and Saturday.  There is even a chance for temperatures to be even (much) warmer Sunday.  Along with the warmer air will be an increase threat for showers, particularly Friday and Sunday.
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