Monday, December 20, 2010

**UPDATE** For Monday Evening - Snow Ending Sooner!!

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

MONDAY NIGHT: WINTER STORM WARNING CONTINUES. Snow moving through rapidly now and look to lighten considerably after 7pm or 8pm. Another 1" to 3" possible for storm totals of 4" to 8" region wide with lighter amounts in that range around the Twin Cities. Low: 21

TUESDAY: 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 

**UPDATE For Monday Evening**

Snow is moving through quite rapidly now, the bulk of which should be moving through during the evening hours and taper considerably to just a few light snow showers or flurries after 8pm. Roadways are still going to be slow and slippery, take it easy out there. From 5pm through the rest of the evening, we may only get an additional 1" to 2" for storm total amounts of 4" to 8" region wide, lighter amounts of that range around the Twin Cities. I wouldn't doubt if winter storm warnings are allowed to expire before 6am Tuesday. The latest snow reports are listed below and continue to filter in:

Snow Total Update from 410pm Monday

410 PM CST MON DEC 20 2010




 INCHES  LOCATION                 ST  COUNTY           TIME
 ------  -----------------------  --  --------------   -------
  7.50   MADELIA                  MN  WATONWAN         0345 PM
  7.00   NNW ST CLAIR             MN  BLUE EARTH       0328 PM
  6.00   NORTH MANKATO            MN  NICOLLET         0330 PM
  6.00   JANESVILLE               MN  WASECA           0300 PM
  5.00   SACRED HEART             MN  RENVILLE         0242 PM
  4.50   WINTHROP                 MN  SIBLEY           0357 PM
  4.50   ST JAMES                 MN  WATONWAN         1231 PM
  4.00   MANKATO                  MN  BLUE EARTH       0147 PM
  3.30   2 W PRIOR LAKE           MN  SCOTT            0400 PM
  3.00   2 SW DELANO              MN  WRIGHT           0346 PM
  2.00   LITCHFIELD               MN  MEEKER           0240 PM
  2.00   NEW MARKET               MN  SCOTT            0214 PM
  1.90   WAITE PARK               MN  STEARNS          0354 PM
  1.80   BLOOMINGTON              MN  HENNEPIN         0319 PM
  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   RUSH CITY                MN  CHISAGO          0330 PM
  1.00   4 SSW MINNEAPOLIS        MN  HENNEPIN         0241 PM
  1.00   RICHFIELD                MN  HENNEPIN         0159 PM

**PREVIOUS UPDATE @ 2pm Monday**

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.


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

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