The Christmas Storm of '09. This is just 24 hour snowfall, from Christmas Eve through Christmas Day. What's impressive is how much of America was impacted by accumulating snow - from the Appalachians westward to the Rockies!
A Very White Christmas. By some estimates 2/3rds of America experienced a white Christmas, snow/ice on the ground as far south as Dallas, Texas and the far northern suburbs of Phoenix!
Flurries and light snow will linger off 'n on again today (for the 5th straight day!) as our Christmas Storm pushes into the Great Lakes - little or no additional accumulation is expected. A few quiet days will follow, the first half of this week looks uneventful - great news for travelers. Flurries may return Wednesday into New Year's Eve - any accumulation looks to be in the "nuisance" range, a coating to at most an inch or so up north. One thing looks fairly certain: a series of Alberta Clippers will drag progressively colder air south of the border, a few subzero nighttime lows are possible as we sail into the first weekend of 2010. That thaw I mentioned yesterday for the second week of January. Never mind. The latest run of the GFS keeps us colder than average through the first half of January. El Nino - where did you go? As I mentioned back in September I still have a sick (?) feeling in the pit of my stomach that this winter will be one of the roughly 1 in 3 El Nino winters that winds up average, or even colder than average. There are exceptions to every rule, right?
To quote Vonnegut, "and do it goes"....
Paul's Outlook for the Twin Cities
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, more flurries - little or no accumulation. Winds: NW 10-20 High: 25
Sunday Night: Partial clearing, chilly. Low: 8
Monday: A badly needed ration of sunlight! Some blue sky overhead. High: 24
Tuesday: Mix of clouds and sun, still quiet (and dry). High: 23
Wednesday: Clouds increase, PM flurries. High: 25
New Year's Eve: Turning windy and colder, a coating of flurries possible. High: 19
New Year's Day: Colder with a mix of sun and flakes. High: 15
Saturday: Numbing sun - subzero nighttime low. High: 13
Snowfall reports from the National Weather Service
INCHES LOCATION ST COUNTY TIME
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21.00 WATERVILLE MN LE SUEUR 1040 AM
15.00 OLIVIA MN RENVILLE 0802 AM
THREE INCHES OCCURRED DURING THE PAST TWENTY
14.70 2 W PRIOR LAKE MN SCOTT 0825 AM
14.50 SACRED HEART MN RENVILLE 1135 AM
14.00 WINTHROP MN SIBLEY 1135 AM
13.70 WACONIA MN CARVER 0716 AM
12.50 ANDOVER MN ANOKA 0802 AM
ONE AND ONE HALF INCHES IS 24 HOUR TOTAL.
12.30 FARIBAULT MN RICE 1129 PM
12.20 LAKEVILLE MN DAKOTA 1055 AM
12.00 MANKATO MN BLUE EARTH 1055 AM
12.00 ROCKFORD MN HENNEPIN 0827 AM
11.90 DONNELLY MN STEVENS 1056 AM
STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL
11.50 CHANHASSEN MN CARVER 0716 AM
11.30 CHANHASSEN MN CARVER 1230 AM
MEASURED AT THE NWS OFFICE.
11.10 RICHFIELD MN HENNEPIN 1030 AM
11.00 ST JOSEPH MN STEARNS 0827 AM
11.00 LITTLE FALLS MN MORRISON 0716 AM
10.60 7 S HILLMAN MN MORRISON 0827 AM
10.00 CARLOS MN DOUGLAS 0827 AM
10.00 ST CLOUD MN STEARNS 1230 AM
MEASURED AT THE MEDIUM SECURITY PRISON.
9.20 MINNEAPOLIS MN HENNEPIN 1230 AM
MEASURED AT THE MINNEAPOLIS INTERNATIONAL
7.50 CONNORSVILLE WI DUNN 0827 AM