26 F. average high for December 20.
-24 F. record low for December 20.
0" snow depth at KMSP.
Coating of snow possible Thursday, again Christmas Eve.
2006: last "brown Christmas" in the Twin Cities (less than 1" snow on the ground December 25).
Twin Cities: +4.0 F.
Duluth: +3.7 F.
International Falls: +4.6F.
Rochester: +2.6 F.
St. Cloud: +5.6 F.
Colorado, Interstate 25 is closed from south of Pueblo down to the NM State Line
Colorado, US 160 is closed from Trinidad to Springfield
Colorado, US 287 is closed from Lamar down to the OK State Line
New Mexico, Interstate 25 is closed from Santa Fe to Raton, at CO border (170 miles)
New Mexico, Interstate 40 is closed from east of Albuquerque to TX border (130+ miles)
New Mexico, U.S. Routes 54, 56, 60, 64, 285 are all closed in North & East NM
Texas, Blizzard conditions north & west of Amarillo, US routes 62, 87, 287, 385 are closed.
Oklahoma panhandle, Cimarron County and Texas County are reporting white-out
conditions with slick and hazardous driving conditions. Travel is being discouraged.
Now seeing U.S. Highways closed in southwest Kansas into Oklahoma panhandle:
US 54 is now closed Westbound from Liberal, KS into Oklahoma Panhandle
US 160 closed from Johnson City, KS (Stanton County) west to CO State Line,
"due to blizzard conditions, zero visibility and stuck vehicles"
* thanks to James Aman from Earth Networks for
Snowstorm Batters Southwest: Holiday Travelers Brace. Here's the latest on the snowstorm from the Christian Science Monitor: "Call it an early white Christmas for residents from Santa Fe, N.M., to Dodge City, Kan. Meteorologists are calling for a powerful storm to intensify through the day, dumping 6 to 12 inches of blowing, drifting snow. By tonight, travel in places like Liberal, Kan., Dalhart, Texas, and maybe even Amarillo, Texas will be difficult and dangerous. If there is any good news about the storm, it is that weather forecasters expect it will start to lose its winter-weather characteristics as it heads east. This will make it easier for procrastinators to get to the malls before Christmas. And, it appears the storm will not cause a major disruption of air travel except perhaps some delays later on Monday in places like Dallas and Houston, which could get some thunderstorms."
Photo credit: "Longmont police respond to three separate weather-related accidents as snow falls on Colo. Hwy. 66 at Francis Street in Longmont, Colo., on Monday, Dec. 19, 2001. A major storm is bringing blizzard conditions to Colorado's southeastern corner, where ranches and farms have been hit hard by drought. (AP Photo/Longmont Times-Call, Richard M. Hackett) BOULDER DAILY CAMERA OUT; COLORADO DAILY OUT."
-- A list of snowmobile and ski trail conditions is available online at www.dnr.state.mn.us/snow_depth/index.html.
-- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recommends staying off of ice that is fewer than 2 inches thick.
-- An ice thickness of at least 4 inches or more is considered generally OK for ice fishing or other activities on foot, and 5 inches or more for snowmobiles or ATVs.
-- All cross-country skiers who are 16 years of age and older who are using ski trails in state parks or forests or on Grant-In-Aid trails must carry a signed Minnesota ski pass. For details visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/skipass/index.html.
* photo above courtesy of the Bemidji Pioneer.
- The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for November 2011 was the 12th warmest on record at 55.81 F (13.35 C), which is 0.81 F (0.45 C) above the 20th century average of 55.0 F (12.9 C). The margin of error associated with this temperature is +/- 0.13 F (0.07 C).
- Separately, the global land surface temperature was 1.10 F (0.61 C) above the 20th century average of 42.6 F (5.9 C), making this the 16th warmest November on record and the coolest month since February 2011. The margin of error is +/- 0.20 F (0.11 C). Warmer-than-average conditions occurred across central and eastern North America, Northern and Western Europe, northern Russia, most of China and the Middle East, southeastern Australia, and southern South America. Cooler-than-average regions included Alaska, western Canada, much of Eastern Europe, Kazakhstan, and southwestern Russia.
Photo credit: " . Courtesy: Alaska Dispatch.
Photo credit: "Residents affected by Friday's flash flooding clean up their damaged homes in Iligan city in southern Philippines Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. With funeral parlors overwhelmed, authorities in a flood-stricken southern Philippine city organized the first mass burial of unidentified victims who were swept to their deaths in one of the worst calamities to strike the region in decades. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)"
* NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards: These life-saving radios broadcast immediate warnings about tornadoes, floods, AMBER Alerts — even things like chemical spills in your area. You also can turn them on anytime to get your local weather conditions and forecasts. The radios are available at electronic stores, marine supply stores, mail order catalogs and online. Prices vary by model and options, but typically range between $20 and $80.
TUESDAY NIGHT: Clear to partly cloudy, seasonably cool. Low: 18
Snow Drought of 2011