As I mentioned in my winter outlook, we have seen a persistent weather pattern over the past couple months. Right now it looks like this pattern will continue into the middle of this month - possibly even longer. Yet another storm system will dive out of the Gulf of Alaska and settle on top of Southern California.
There is a chance for isolated showers next Monday and Tuesday. Rain chances are highly dependent on the track of this storm. If it stays farther off the coast, then we will see more rain, however, it won't be a washout. One thing is guaranteed - most of California will be cooler than average for early next week. In addition, warmer weather will spread into the eastern half of the United States.
I've marked the storm system with an arrow on the upper-level maps below.
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You can see the cool air settle into the region next week on the maps below.
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