23 F. high temperature in the Twin Cities Monday.
35 F. average high for November 26.
50 F. high on November 26, 2011.
50 F. high possible Saturday (light rain showers possible).
55-60 F. next Monday? Expect an unusually mild start to December.
No big storms in sight looking out 10+ days.
In 110 years of snow depth measurements in Twin Cities, a white Christmas happens about 72% of the time. From 1899 to 2009 there have been 31 years with either a "zero" or a "trace." The last time the Twin Cities has seen a brown Christmas was 2006. The deepest snow cover on December 25th was in 1983 with a hefty 20 inches. It was also a very cold Christmas in 1983, with the high temperature of 1 measly degree F. It was not the coldest Christmas Day in the Twin Cities. That dubious award goes to 1996 with a "high" temperature of 9 below zero F. The warmest Christmas Day in the Twin Cities was 51 degrees in 1922. There was not a white Christmas that year. In fact, the Minneapolis Weather Bureau log book for that day states that the day felt "spring like."
Photo credit above: "In this Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 file photo, utility workers walk past a badly damaged house in the Belle Harbor neighborhood of the Rockaways, in New York. The house is one of 200 homes that has been designated unsafe by the New York City Department of Buildings because of damage from Superstorm Sandy. Sandy ran up a $42 billion bill on New York and the state and New York City are making big requests for disaster aid from the federal government, according to one of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration officials." (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
2005: In the early morning a home in Mower County was hit by lightning and burned to the ground, but no one was injured.
1994: A low pressure system had developed into the first Winter storm for Minnesota. By the early morning hours of the 28th, a swath of snow in excess of 6 inches had blanketed much of southwest through central into northeast Minnesota. Snowfalls of 6 inches or more occurred south of a line from Gunflint Lake in Cook county to near Ortonville in Big Stone county and along and north of a line from near Blue Earth in Faribault county to Red Wing in Goodhue county. The snow closed the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for a short time on the 27th, and contributed to hundreds of accidents and at least three fatalities. In addition, the build-up of ice and snow in combination with strong winds resulted in numerous downed power lines in southeast Minnesota.
1985: Cold hits northern Minnesota. 30 below zero at Crookston.
1971: Heavy snows in the Southwest. Redwood Falls gets a foot.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
Photo credit: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan
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