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The Suburbanite
  • Warmer weather may be just around the corner

  • Forecasters say this week's cold snap could be followed by a temporary warming trend, warm enough to bring weekend temps into the 40s.
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  • Warmer weather is ahead, promise.
    By Friday, the temperature will rise above freezing — to a high of 39 degrees and then to 46 on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
    But winter is obviously far from over.
    MORE RECORDS
    The weather service records, dating to 1887, show that the area's previous low temperature for Monday's date was minus 9 on Jan. 6 in 1924. But the thermometer hit minus 10 at 11:59 p.m. Monday, said Kristen Schepel, meteorologist with the weather service's Cleveland office.
    Another record was broken Tuesday. The temperature dropped to minus 11 at 12:56 a.m. Tuesday. The previous record for Jan. 7 was minus 5 in 1942.
    Wind chill records were not available. But the weather service said Monday's wind chill was minus 20 and, by 8 a.m. Tuesday, it was 37 degrees below zero, according to the weather service website at www.erh.noaa.gov.
    The normal for this time of year in Stark County is about 26 degrees with a range between 19 and 33 degrees — above zero.
    Those same records also show an all-time low of 25 degrees below zero on Jan. 20, 1994, and temperatures dropping to 22 and 24 degrees below zero the third week in January in 1982, 1985 and 1994.
    The temperature has gotten as high as in the 60s all month long some years and, in the third week of January 1906, 73 degrees. Last year, it was 64 degrees on Jan. 30.
    WHAT'S AHEAD
    "After this cold snap, we're forecast to be above average and well above average," said John Mayers, another meteorologist with the weather service's Cleveland office.
    And that warm-up may start as early as Sunday, he said.
    The weather service's Climate Prediction Center presents a climate forecast that indicates a 40 to 50 percent chance of temperatures being above normal in the third week of January, he said.
    Colder temperatures are on the horizon, but the center's forecast say they will be closer to the average, "back into the 30s for highs," Mayers said.
    For now, however, the weather service's wind chill warning remains in effect until 9 a.m. Wednesday.
    Temperatures were expected to hit 20 degrees today, including a 20 percent chance of snow.
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