That’s not to say there won’t be periods of chillier weather for the Southwest and Texa. In fact, temperatures are expected to average out near if not below normal much of this last week of January.
While cold air stays focused over the eastern two-thirds of the country through at least mid-February, temperatures across much of the interior West are expected to be above normal. This will be due to the jet stream’s position over the western coast of North America being well north over British Columbia.
Changes may start taking place for the region late in February, with a transition to below-normal temperatures in the Northwest and northern Rockies through much of March.
Precipitation has been above normal across much of the Northwest this season. Overall, Bastardi expects the region to continue to see above average precipitation through the rest of the winter, with more snow and ice across the interior and mostly rain west of the Cascades.
For Southern California, which was hit with epic rain and flooding in December, drier-than-normal conditions have set in since the New Year. Bastardi says that precipitation should average out below normal for the rest of the winter.