Impressive Snow Totals Coming in South and West of the I-94 Corridor
The narrow band of snowfall that set up just south and west of the immediate Metro, has been dropping impressive amounts of snow just south and west of the I-94 corridor. The morning commute was quite a bit more disgusting on the southwest side of town where snow was falling. In fact, snow amounts exceeding 6" west of town was enough to delay school openings by 2 hours. Commuters on the north and east side of town, thankfully, had a much nicer ride in. If the snow band would have pushed 25 miles farther east, we would have had some major issues today! There may be more accumulating snow on the way for early next week... Perhaps, just in time for an outdoor NFL football game at the TCF Bank Stadium?? Stay tuned.
Snow Reports From Earlier Today
...SNOWFALL TOTALS FROM THE DECEMBER 15-16 STORM... SNOW REPORTS LISTED BY AMOUNT INCHES LOCATION ST COUNTY TIME ------ ----------------------- -- -------------- ------- 7.80 DONNELLY MN STEVENS 0822 AM 7.80 DONNELLY MN STEVENS 0820 AM 7.60 MURDOCK MN SWIFT 0658 AM 6.50 LITCHFIELD MN MEEKER 0610 AM 5.50 WACONIA MN CARVER 0805 AM SIXTEEN INCHES ON THE GROUND...WATER CONTENT OF NEW SNOW...0.21 INCHES. 5.50 BELGRADE MN STEARNS 0730 AM 5.00 MADISON MN LAC QUI PARLE 0746 AM 5.00 BROWNTON MN MCLEOD 0733 AM 5.00 NORTH MANKATO MN NICOLLET 0610 AM 5.00 RENVILLE MN RENVILLE 0610 AM 4.50 LESTER PRAIRIE MN MCLEOD 0655 AM 4.50 ELLENDALE MN STEELE 0637 AM 4.00 MANKATO MN BLUE EARTH 0727 AM 4.00 MORGAN MN REDWOOD 0724 AM WATER EQUIVALENT 0.28 INCHES. 4.00 W OWATONNA MN STEELE 0640 AM 4.00 WINTHROP MN SIBLEY 0530 AM 4.00 KANDIYOHI MN KANDIYOHI 0346 AM 3.00 GAYLORD MN SIBLEY 0346 AM 3.00 BENSON MN SWIFT 0320 AM 3.00 ST JAMES MN WATONWAN 0320 AM 3.00 SPRINGFIELD MN BROWN 0320 AM 3.00 REDWOOD FALLS MN REDWOOD 0320 AM 2.50 PRIOR LAKE MN SCOTT 0729 AM 0.1 OF AN INCH OF LIQUID. 2.50 1 SE NORTHFIELD MN RICE 0722 AM COCORAHS OBSERVER. 2.50 CREDIT RIVER MN SCOTT 0658 AM 2.00 CARLOS MN DOUGLAS 0755 AM 2.00 BROOTEN MN STEARNS 0320 AM 1.30 CHANHASSEN MN CARVER 0621 AM NWS FORECAST OFFICE. 0.50 BLOOMINGTON MN HENNEPIN 0602 AM 0.50 KIMBALL MN STEARNS 0602 AM
Todd's Conservation MN Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota
WEDNESDAY: Winter Solstice arrives at 5:38pm. It's officially winter!! Maybe a little light snow, christening the occasion. High: Low 20s
When was the last time you can remember not being able to see over the snowbank in December? Yeesh! What a month and we're only, officially, halfway through. The big snowstorm over the weekend brought the running monthly total snowfall to 24.2" which is good enough for the 5th snowiest December on record since records have been kept, which date back to the late 1800s. The last time we had a December similar to this was back in 2000 when a monthly total of 30.2" was observed, putting that year in the 2nd snowiest month on record behind 1969 when 33.2" of snow was observed.
Large snow amounts can partly be blamed on our ridiculously cold temperatures as of late, which are running nearly 9 degrees below seasonal norms. The colder the temperatures are, the fluffier the snow gets. Last weekends storm, for example, had a snow to water ratio of around 15 to 1, meaning that for every 1" of water, there was 15" of snow. We ended up with 1.21" of liquid from the storm. You can do the math or follow the flow chart below. It might be a little hard to see, so here's the link to the chart.
We're a little less than one week away from Winter Solstice, which rings in on December 22nd at 5:38pm, but it's safe to say winter is already here. A little light snow ends early Thursday and the cold returns by the weekend. Hang in there - think warm thoughts!
Growing Chance of Light Snow Accumulations Late Weekend/Early Next Week
A persistent little blob of moisture keeps showing up on the extended model runs around Sunday/Monday... There's a growing potential of maybe a little light snow accumulations then.
Looking Over the River and Through the Wood - Xmas Storm Developing?
Let's take a quick look at next week's weather, keep an eye on the situation, since many may be traveling. The highly laughable extended weather models are still picking up on a little somethin' somethin' - the probability of getting a little snow a few days leading up to Xmas is now at 10% - however, the probability of a white Xmas is at 100%
Have a good Thursday - Todd Nelson