If you like cold weather with a chance at an early season snow, you'll love the rest of this month and quite possibly well into December.
Both the major long term computer models -- the European and the American GFS -- show a prolonged stretch of cold weather locking into the eastern U.S.
It won't be super cold every day, but overall, the pattern is for below normal temperatures (speaking of below normal, how 'bout today's weather -- high of 43 with a stiff wind. BRRRRR! -- if you are headed to a high school game tonight, bundle up!)
Here are a few maps:
From this morning's run of the GFS, check out the extent of the cold in the long range.
Monday -- this is the warmest day I could find depicted in the next 15 days -- and it's still probably highs in the 50s to low 60s.
Wednesday -- by Thanksgiving Eve were back in the chill -- nothing like today, but highs near 50 with lows below freezing, still well below normal for this time of year.
Friday -- then it starts getting interesting. You can see a low pressure system in the lower Miss. River Valley which has dropped down from the Plains.
Saturday -- that ends up being a near miss for us, but the cold is retrenched.
From then on, it's one cold shot after another.
Two pro forecasters who I follow are both pointing toward the Dec. 1-5 range as a time for a possible winter storm for the east.
Regardless, almost all forecasters agree that the long range will feature prolonged cold in the east.
The NWS puts out an 8-14 day outlook. Here is their most recent map.
As you can see, we are smack in the middle of the below normal on temps. While it also shows below normal on precip, I'd much rather be cold, looking for precip than vice versa.
So, there's a quick update -- hope everybody has a safe weekend and Go Mountaineers, Chargers and Golden Lions!