By MARK HANOK
It felt more like the middle of winter during the six days from Tuesday through Sunday, as temperatures stayed below 30 degrees, averaging 10 to 15 degrees below normal.
Although we got lake-effect snow over the weekend and several inches of wet snow across our region on Tuesday, precipitation has averaged less than half of normal across our area, and this dry weather pattern is not likely to change during the upcoming week. Temperatures will stay around normal for late November, with a zonal, west to east flow, that will keep the coldest air to the north.
Thanksgiving Day will feature moderately cold late November weather, with temperatures a few degrees below normal. With an upper-level trough over the Great Lakes, look for variable cloudiness and a few lake-effect snow showers, highs in the mid-30’s.
As winds shift to the southwest ahead of another cold front, skies will be partly sunny on Friday, with highs around 40 degrees. A northwesterly flow will take over on Saturday, with mostly cloudy skies and a few snow showers; highs in the mid to upper 30’s. Skies will be partly sunny on Sunday and Monday, with a few snow showers and highs around 40 degrees.
Mark Hanok is an Otego based meteorologist. You can visit him on the World Wide Web at http://members. aol.com/weathergazette.
By MARK HANOK
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