Looking ahead to the start of 2017

Dec. 30, 2016: Happy New Year! The weather looks to be quiet for ringing in 2017, which is perfect timing.

After that, our weather gets back to its up-and-down ways during the first week of 2017.

Cold Blast 2

The air will be mild enough for rain as you head back to work on Monday, Jan. 2 (or are still celebrating at the end of a 3-day weekend, if your office has the observed holiday off). After that, a blast of very cold air hits a good chunk of the U.S., meaning we may not warm back above 20° for a few days.

Looking beyond that, the start of 2017 doesn’t feature anything definite. According to the Climate Prediction Center, we have equal chances for above or below average temperatures AND precipitation, so we’ll call it “near average” in both categories for now.

temp outlook

Much of the south will be warmer and drier than usual for January, while most of Idaho and the northern Rockies look to be colder and wetter than average.

precip outlook

These are typical signs of La Niña’s influence on the U.S., though usually Illinois is grouped under the “wetter than average” area. We’ll have to see if we nudge above average for snowfall, much like we did in December.

We’ll be breaking the forecast down week-by-week as we get into the heart of January, so stay tuned, and have a great New Year’s celebration!

-Alex

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This post was written by Alex Kirchner on December 30, 2016

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