By MARK HANOK
The first eight days of December averaged about four degrees colder than normal in our region, with a strong northwesterly jet stream bringing very cold air southeastward from northern Canada.
However, we can look forward to a major change, as temperatures stay above normal through at least next week, as the storm track stays to our west and a southwest flow takes over at the surface and aloft.
On Friday as a major storm system tracks northeastward to northern New England, northwesterly winds will take over, and after a few snow showers in the morning, skies will be partly sunny in the afternoon with highs from 30 to 35 degrees.
It looks like beautiful weather will continue all weekend, with cold, dry air on Saturday and delightfully mild on Sunday.
A northwesterly flow will continue on Saturday, with partly to mostly sunny skies and highs from 25 to 30 degrees.
As high pressure builds eastward from the Ohio Valley and a west to southwest flow takes over, skies will be mostly sunny on Sunday with highs in the low 40’s. The southwest flow will continue early next week, as a series of storm systems slide across the upper Midwest and western Great Lakes, with partly sunny skies and highs from 40 to 45 degrees on Monday.
With mostly cloudy skies, there could be a few rain showers on Tuesday, as mild air continues in place; highs again in the low 40’s.
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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