Monday, December 20, 2010

**MONDAY UPDATE** Winter Storm Warning Continues

Todd's Conservation MN outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota

MONDAY: WINTER STORM WARNING CONTINUES thru 6am Tuesday. Snow continues to fall steadily through the afternoon/evening with a daytime total of 2" to 4" by the evening rush or dinner time. High: 23

MONDAY NIGHT: WINTER STORM WARNING CONTINUES until 6am Tuesday. Snow continues overnight, but lightens considerably after midnight. Another 2" to 4" possible. Low: 21

TUESDAY: Winter Storm Warning ends at 6am for a storm total of 4" to 8" by early morning. Snow flurries taper through the day. Winter Solstice arrives at 5:38pm. It's OFFICIALLY winter!!  High: 30

WEDNESDAY: Quiet with a mix of clouds and sun. High: 23

THURSDAY: Christmas EVE EVE looking like a partly snowy travel day, could see more snow accumulations, especially across southern MN... stay tuned. High: 25

FRIDAY: Christmas eve. Light snow chance early. Cooler with a few more peeks of sunshine late. High: Around 20

SATURDAY: Chilly Christmas day sunshine. Better travel day. High: Upper teens

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and warmer, not a bad day to rest. High: Mid 20s


Large swath of snow continues to push through the Upper Midwest - forecast still on track with total 4" to 8" across the region through early Tuesday morning. The bulk of the snow will come through this afternoon and taper late this evening.

Tracking Heavy Snow on Radar
The image below shows intense snow banding over Mankato, which can lead to snowfall rates of nearly 1" or more per hour. Track the local radar here:   

 Tracking snowfall rates based on visibility
The image below shows the two areas where moderate to heavy snow were occurring by early afternoon on Monday. Visibilities in these locations are down to 1/2 to 1/4 mile, which indicates 0.5" to nearly 1" snowfall rates.

Snowfall Reports as of 210pm Monday... More to Come

209 PM CST MON DEC 20 2010




 INCHES  LOCATION                 ST  COUNTY           TIME
 ------  -----------------------  --  --------------   -------
  6.50   MADELIA                  MN  WATONWAN         1249 PM

  4.50   ST JAMES                 MN  WATONWAN         1231 PM

  4.00   MANKATO                  MN  BLUE EARTH       0147 PM

  2.50   NORTH MANKATO            MN  NICOLLET         1150 AM
  SINCE 830 AM.

  1.50   LAKEVILLE                MN  DAKOTA           0158 PM

  1.30   1 WSW NEW BRIGHTON       MN  RAMSEY           0201 PM

  1.20   RICE                     MN  BENTON           0156 PM

  1.00   RICHFIELD                MN  HENNEPIN         0159 PM

  1.00   NORTH MANKATO            MN  NICOLLET         1047 AM
                  OVER PAST 2.5 HOURS
  0.60   2 SW PRIOR LAKE          MN  SCOTT            1239 PM

  0.50   SLEEPY EYE               MN  BROWN            0823 AM

  0.40   RICHFIELD                MN  HENNEPIN         1242 PM
                  IN PAST HOUR
How Much More?
Again, we're still on track for a large swath of nearly 4" to 8"  Storm Total across the region with the heaviest coming through during the rest of the afternoon and evening hours. Your commute home WILL BE VERY SLOW! Snow will taper late this evening and will be left to a few light snow showers or flurries by Tuesday morning. Your commute tomorrow morning may, still, be a bit slow, but not as bad as the Monday PM rush. We're still watching for, potentially, another round of snow this week by Wednesday night into Thursday, but as now, the bulk of the moisture appears to be tracking to our south... Stay tuned - Todd Nelson 


Here We Go Again!
Say it ain't so... Another white knuckle commute is shaping up this afternoon/evening and likely again tomorrow morning as a winter storm bears down on the region. WINTER STORM WARNINGS have been issued for most of central Minnesota, including St. Cloud and the Twin Cities in advance of another shovelable/plowable snow.

Your ride into work or school should be fine today, but snow starts around late morning/midday and continues to fall steadily through the afternoon and evening hours. By the evening rush, we may already have 2" to 4" on the ground. No doubt, it'll be an interesting night as bright white flakes fall on TCF Bank Stadium for the first outdoor NFL football game in the Twin Cities since the "Old Met" days back in 1981.

Snow Removal Time Lapse for the TCF Band Stadium
There was a lot of work that went into getting the TCF Bank Stadium ready for the big Monday Night Football game. The estimate was 15,000 man hours!! If you haven't seen the snow removal time lapse for the stadium you have to check it out. View time lapse HERE:

How Much Snow?
Snow will taper through the overnight hours and total snow accumulations by Tuesday morning could be around 4" to 8" - It is important to note that there appears to be a trend in the where the lighter/heavier amounts of snow may be found. It appears the lighter amounts will be found on the south and east side of town and the heavier amounts will be on the north and west side of town. We'll have more updates through the day on Monday with any change in the track of the heaviest snow amounts around the region.

Round #2 of Snow This Week
Those with holiday travel plans week, may want to think about leaving either later Tuesday or during the day on Wednesday. If this snowy December hasn't been enough already, there may be more accumulating snow on the way for Thursday... good grief! As of now, it appears the bulk of the moisture will be to our south, but it's still a developing system... stay tuned.

Extremely Rare Solstice Lunar Eclipse
The information below comes from: "The lunar eclipse of Dec. 21st falls on the same date as the northern winter solstice. Is this rare? It is indeed, according to Geoff Chester of the US Naval Observatory, who inspected a list of eclipses going back 2000 years. "Since Year 1, I can only find one previous instance of an eclipse matching the same calendar date as the solstice, and that is Dec. 21, 1638," says Chester. "Fortunately we won't have to wait 372 years for the next one...that will be on Dec. 21, 2094."

Too bad we'll be clouded over, but if you're interested... WHEN TO LOOK: The total eclipse lasts more than an hour from 02:41 am to 03:53 am EST on Tuesday morning, Dec. 21st. Any time within that interval is a good time to look. For other time zones, consult Shadow & Substance's animated eclipse.

Have a good Monday - Todd Nelson

1 comment:

  1. dang. what is the total amount of snow fall so far this winter?