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I can't even begin to tell you how upsetting it is to write this blog post. As you know, I love cold air and snow, especially around Christmas time. I have been searching far and wide for any signs and now I can't find any. Last week, there was a glimmer of hope, but it has faded away. While Monday and Tuesday will both be cool, we're going into a fairly zonal pattern which means the jet stream is oriented from west to east. This will lock the cold air in Canada for at least the next week and probably beyond. Much of the country will be flooded with mild, Pacific air. We need the jet stream to buckle (amplify). There's a ton of cold air over Alaska and Canada. For that air to get "unlocked", we need ridging along the west coast into Alaska and western Canada. The circulation around that would cause a downstream trough and deliver winter's chill. However, I just don't see that happening through the beginning of December.
We also have to remember, it's early. It's not even winter yet! At some point the cold air will come south. I just hope it's in time for Christmas. Stay tuned.
Below are maps which explains the situation.