3:00 PM | **Continues to look like a major pattern change to much colder for the central and eastern US beginning early next week**
It’ll remain moderately chilly for the rest of the week following yesterday’s cold frontal passage, but big changes are in store for the overall temperature pattern beginning early next week. A major sudden stratospheric warming event has produced significant changes in the overall weather pattern from the North Pole to the mid-latitudes and this will result in much colder weather pattern for the central and eastern US beginning early next week. As the stratosphere has warmed up in the northern latitudes in recent days, there has been in turn compensating much colder air shifting into the troposphere and soon that cold air will be displaced to the mid-latitudes of the central and eastern US. It appears that this change to a much colder weather pattern around here will last for awhile. In fact, the effects of this major stratospheric warming event may not reach its peak until later this month or even during the month of February. The change will also no doubt increase our chances for snow during the second half of the month.