Are you enjoying the milder temperatures at the end of January? Well, you might want to take advantage of this recent warmer weather while you still can, because according to forecasters, more cold is on the way in February.
We all know how bitterly cold most of January was for much of the country, including blizzard conditions, dangerous ice, and bomb cyclones, so it's no surprise that these last few days of the month might feel a bit balmy in comparison. But according to The Weather Channel, it looks like February could kick off with a re-emergence of arctic air over a large portion of our country. The Rockies, Plains, and Midwest can all expect to possibly get a taste of this cold as early as February 1 or 2.
It all has to do with a type of large-scale weather pattern shift that could occur between the final days of January and the first days of February, with a jet stream moving southward into the U.S. This specific kind of weather pattern is known for bringing arctic air to much of the contiguous states — and that cold front might only be the beginning, forecasters warn.
"The large-scale upper-level pattern should become more amplified and the downstream trough will become better established," said long-range forecasters at The Weather Company. "This will open the door for additional arctic cold front(s) and clipper like systems that can drive reinforcing shots of modified arctic air into the eastern two-thirds of the U.S."
Yikes! Be sure to tune in to your local forecasts to see what's expected for your area. And if you put your winter hat and scarf away already, it's probably a good idea to take them right back out!