Jan. 10th; Showers Likely Later In The Week

Good morning, folks and folkettes of WABBLES! On this lovely Tuesday, our weather discussion revolves around potential rain showers likely later in the week as well as the ensuing cooldown. We’ve been lucky to experience more comfortable temperatures after last month’s arctic blast, but it’ll soon feel like winter again once these showers move out…

Showers Likely Later In The Week
Get those raincoats ready! (GIPHY)

Today’s Forecast

But before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s take a look at today’s forecast! No showers likely today believe it or not, as we’ve got a pretty gorgeous January Tuesday ahead. Comfortable temperatures and sunny skies will dominate, with our high reaching the high-50s and the low lingering around the low-40s. Cloud coverage will increase as we go into the nighttime hours, and a few light sprinkles will be possible Wednesday morning before noon.

Showers Likely Later In The Week
Clear and calm through Tuesday! (PivotalWeather)

Showers Likely Beginning Wednesday Night

A cold front fueled by leftover energy from the west’s atmospheric river will sweep across the area starting Wednesday evening and lasting through Thursday night. Presently there is no significant concern for severe weather associated with this frontal passage, but what we do know is that about one-half to three-quarters of an inch of rain is expected to have fallen by the time the weather has come and gone. Totals will be higher the further north you are, so keep an eye out!

The cold air will come rushing in behind the precipitation late on Thursday evening, pushing the low temperature down enough to hit the freezing mark. This gives us the chance to see a few flurries in the very early morning hours on Friday, though no actual accumulation is likely. However, some areas might see slick patches on roads where the recent rainfall has turned to ice overnight, so if you’re traveling before sunrise on Friday, stay alert.

The rest of the week is expected to be calm but much cooler, with high temperatures in the mid-to-high 30s and lows in the mid-20s. Aside from a few rumbles of thunder as the system moves through on Thursday, things will likely remain pretty chill as we head into the weekend. Enjoy it, y’all!

So What’s Up With the West Coast?

Good question! Over the last two weeks, California and her neighboring states have been getting steamrolled by what we like to call a substantial atmospheric river event. An atmospheric river is a plume of moisture in the Earth’s atmosphere that originates over the ocean and carries storm energy (as well as heavy precipitation) into the Lower 48 through the West Coast. California’s current plight, however, can be attributed to the strong winds currently keeping the jet stream over the Pacific Ocean long and straight.

Showers Likely Later In The Week
Looks pretty darn straight to me! (weathermodels.com)

Because the winds are moving so fast, each tiny change in the atmosphere disrupts the uniformity of the jet stream and causes a much larger disturbance down the line: large, energetic waves in the stream that are likely to create even larger low pressure systems. These low pressure systems run ashore as a part of the atmospheric river, bringing torrential rains and massive amounts of snowfall to the higher elevations.

Unfortunately, California has been stuck under this disturbed jet stream for quite a while now, and it doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon. This constant influx of storm energy off the West Coast will eventually affect the weather all across the Lower 48 in some form or fashion, though we’re not likely to see the same drastic effects as those in California and the neighboring states. We’ll just have to wait and see what that energy looks like once it reaches the WABBLES area!

Closing Remarks

That’s all we’ve got for you today, friends. Enjoy the sunny skies and casual temperatures today before the rain moves in later this week and ruins everything. Links to our social media pages are available below, as always, so give them a peek if you’re able! Stay safe, be kind, and we’ll talk to you later. Peace!

Showers Likely Later In The Week
Seeya later! (GIPHY)