The Times West Virginian

January 25, 2013

'Just a large dip'

Jet stream ushers frigid air into region

By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Marion County has up until recently enjoyed a relatively balmy winter, with temperatures largely staying in the mid-40s to low-50s range (in degrees Fahrenheit).

Over the last week, however, the county has experienced the coldest weather thus far, and officials say that we’ll likely be seeing more traditional winter weather in the months to come.

Mike Pigott, a senior meteorologist at Accuweather, said that we typically see these kinds of temperatures hit once or twice a winter, though it can be difficult to remember after how mild last winter and this winter have been.

“January has been much closer,” he said, to the average temperatures for the region.

The cause of the recent cold front, he said, is “basically just a large dip in the jet stream that has brought cold arctic air into the region.”

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