Polar Vortex to return!

Polar Vortex to return!
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Weather Talk
Friday, January 17, 2014 - 3:22pm

Will it affect El Paso?

I am so happy that Mother Nature is being extremely nice to us here in the borderland. Our highs have been in the upper 50's to upper 60's.

I honestly couldn't be happier. But unfortunately, this luck of ours will change a little as another Artic air mass dives into the US.

If you recall a couple of weeks ago, all the schools in the entire state of Minnesota were closed because of the unbearably cold weather. -15 in Minneapolis and in Chicago there was a high of -11. Wind chills ranged from -40º to  -65º + in Minneapolis!

Quick Fact: Your bare skin will freeze in a matter of minutes at -50º!

And this next air mass will bring us more of the same. Temperatures should average well below normal starting around next Tuesday, lasting at least through the end of January in some parts of the country.

According to Winter Weather Expert, Wes Junker, toward the very end of the month, the models show it won't be as severe with the cold, but still look colder than normal.

El Paso seems like it might get the edge of it again like we did the last time, which means we may drop to the 40's again. We may end up staying in the lower 50's, but it all depends on how strong this artic mass turns out to be.

According to Junker, this is the most favorable pattern for snow that we’ve had all winter and it’s occurring right at the beginning of the period when snowstorms are most frequent climatologically. But it still is not a perfect pattern.

It's not as likely that we may see snow here, but we will definitely see colder temps.

So what does all this mean for us in the borderland?

The systems that will be diving southward from Canada will probably offer us strong lows making any storms more likely to produce light to moderate snowfall than heavy.

And Junker adds that the Northern part of the US could get more than 4 inches from a storm but like always, any such storm is a long shot.

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