* Nuisance snow Sunday, coating to an inch or 2. Major roads should be wet/slushy by midday, side-streets may be very slippery, especially morning hours.
* Another couple of inches possible Monday.
* Turning colder Tuesday...
* Most significant snow arrives next Wednesday, probably "plowable", some 3-6" amounts possible, maybe more north/west of the Twin Cities.
* Coldest Thanksgiving Day in 21 years? Highs stuck in the mid/upper teens.
* Friday morning temperatures in the single digits - close to zero outlying suburbs.
* Getting home should be easier - no big storms in sight after Thanksgiving.
* Travel Alert. We're still days away from any formal winter storm watches being issued, but I still have a very strong hunch we'll be grappling with enough snow to shovel and plow Wednesday of next week. It may be in the 3-6", with a band of 8" nearby - even if it's just a couple of inches the fact that temperatures will be in the teens is problematic. When it's this cold the chemical mixture used by MnDOT road crews isn't nearly as effective. Powdery snow can be compacted into a thin layer of glaze ice, No matter how hard they try, MnDOT crews can have an impossible task when it's that cold - even the freeways may be snow/ice-covered by the middle of next week. Hope I'm wrong - but I have a very strong hunch we'll be slipping and sliding, especially Wednesday.
Paul's Conservation MN Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
SATURDAY NIGHT: Wet snow arrives late, slushy roads by morning? Low: 28
Update from NOAA, click here for details.
- For the year-to-date, the global combined land and ocean surface temperature of 58.53 F (14.73 C) was tied with 1998 as the warmest January–October period on record. This value is 1.13 F (0.63 C) above the 20th century average.
- Moderate La Niña conditions continued in October, while sea surface temperatures remained below-normal across the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean. According to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, La Niña is expected to strengthen and last at least into the Northern Hemisphere spring of 2011.
High Resolution (Credit: NOAA)
- The average Arctic sea ice extent for October was 2.97 million square miles (7.69 million square km), which was 17.2 percent below average. This marks the third lowest October Arctic sea ice extent since records began in 1979 and the 14th consecutive October with below-average Arctic sea ice extent.
- Antarctic sea ice began its annual retreat during October. October 2010 was the fourth largest sea ice extent on record (2.9 percent above average). The largest October sea ice extent occurred in 2006.
- According to Mexico’s National Weather Service (Servicio Meteorolológico Nacional), this October was Mexico’s driest since 1941.
- North and west Amazonia in Brazil was in the midst of its worst drought in the past 40 years. In October, one of the Amazon River’s most important tributaries, the Black River, dropped to its lowest level of 44.7 feet (13.6 meters) since record keeping began in 1902.