**This post is dedicated to Madeleine Hsu, age 6, a victim of the Connecticut shootings.**
The next few weeks looks to be dominated by one of two patterns in the atmosphere, and both can have significant effects on who gets the most cold and snow. Let's take a look.
-There are two potential set ups for the atmosphere to take in coming days.
-Set Up 1 would favor the Midwest, Ohio Valley for the best winter weather.
-Set Up 2 would favor the Northeast for the best winter weather.
-Set Up 1 appears to be working out in the ECMWF.
-Set Up 2 appears to be working out in the GFS.