After 3" of snow on January 7, on this January, Charleston, West Virginia (aided by sun) reached an incredible 80 degrees today. The all-time winter (December-February) record is 81.
Ashland, Ohio has hit 79; Huntington, West Virginia 79; Athens, Ohio 76; Columbus, Ohio 72; Akron, Ohio 72; Erie, PA 70; Latrobe, PA 73; Harrisburg, PA 70.......even Syracuse, New York 65; Albany, New York 66; Poughkeepsie, New York 68; Boston, Massachusetts 70; Portland, Maine 64; Whitefield Mountain, Vermont 62; Franklin Co. State Airport, Vermont (on the US-Canadian border 30 minutes from Montreal) 60......That was our peak temperature officially at Greater Lafayette lastnight: 60.
Near/record warmth is widespread from Maine to Florida. The Ohio & West Virginia to Pennsylvania records are near/at all-time record highs for the month of January. A few are nearing all-time highs for the winter months. Record warm overnight lows & highs extends as far south as Cuba & the Yucatan.
Meanwhile, some cold weather records were actually broken in the Yukon & northern British Columbia this morning & it was 0 to Kansas, -36 at Shooks, Minnesota; -29 at Park Rapids, Minnesota & -33 at Bemidji. Wind chills were as low as -51.
Widespread general Moderate river flooding is expected Sunday-Wednesday on the Wabash, Tippecanoe, Iroquois, Kankakee & Eel Rivers. Creeks in the area should crest in the Moderate range.
Rain will pick up this evening, as will the wind.
It will change to & end as some icy mix & snow.
Local trace amounts of ice are possible.
Less than 1" of snow is possible, areas closer to 1" should be over our northern & northwest counties.
1-1.5" may be reached in the far north & northwest along the Kankakee & eastward.
Watch for a few slick spots with temperatures dropping into the 20s with wind chills to single digits.
Northwest wind gusts may reach as high as 35-50 mph.
Widespread damaging high wind event will occur eastern Indiana to New York with gusts 50-70 mph.
Sunday looks much calmer with mostly cloudy skies & highs in the 32-38 range.
Monday looks mostly cloudy & breezy with highs 44-50 after 30-33 in the morning.
After a couple of gusty systems Tuesday-Wednesday with strong winds & spotty rain & rain/snow, potential of a powerhouse storm exists Friday-Saturday.
This will follow brief potent cold snap Wednesday night-Thursday night.
Ice to rain to ice to snow with howling winds is possible. Shot of bitter cold should follow.
It does not look as cold as it could be due to very strong southeast ridge propping the cold up. It may be -40 in Minnesota on both occasions, but ridge will mitigate the blow to us.
Rather than -20 here, it may be more like -3. This could change & models do show a deep snow pack developing here with -20 at the very end of January to early February.