26 F. average high on December 19.
32 F. high on December 19, 2012.
Freezing Rain Advisory until 9 am for southeastern Minnesota
Monday and Thursday of next week: coldest days.
Cold bias lingers next 1-2 weeks.
2013 was another year of head-shaking weather. Yes, the atmosphere has always been fickle, capable of wild extremes, but there's evidence of more volatility in the system.
It was the Year of All or Nothing.
Minnesota's drought eased by late spring, then returned suddenly with a late summer "flash drought". Heavy snow fell in early May and the Arrowhead saw a rare August frost. SPC reported 11 Minnesota tornadoes, a third of what we normally see. But the June 21 "Solstice Storm" produced 80 mph straight-line winds that toppled thousands of trees.
2013 was the quietest year for hurricanes in the Atlantic since 1982, but the Pacific was very active. Typhoon Haiyan was one of the most powerful storms ever observed, leaving over 6,000 dead in the Philippines.
The return of Fresh Air sets off an inch or two of fluff early today, another coating to an inch Saturday night, as a reinforcing clipper arrives. No prolonged thaws are brewing; 20F Christmas Day, maybe 30F the following Saturday, December 28.
Until the pattern shifts and steering winds blow from New Mexico it'll be tough getting any big storms into Minnesota.
At least snow lovers are having a better winter than usual - and we'll all get to enjoy a very white Christmas.
* image above courtesty of funcram.com
FREEZING RAIN AND DRIZZLE IS OCCURRING ACROSS NORTHEAST IOWA...SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN AND SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA. ICE COVERED ROADS HAVE BEEN REPORTED ACROSS NORTHEAST IOWA AND SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN WHERE TRAVEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED. ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF 1/10 OF AN INCH OR LESS ARE EXPECTED ON MOST EXPOSED SURFACES...INCLUDING ROADWAYS AND SIDEWALKS. PLAN ON SLICK AND SLIPPERY ROAD CONDITIONS... ESPECIALLY FOR THE FRIDAY MORNING COMMUTE. USE CAUTION BEFORE HEADING OUT.
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* Potential for glaze ice event Friday from Missouri and Iowa into southern Wisconsin. Flash flood risk Middle Mississippi Valley.
* Heavier band of snow sets up from near Kansas City to Quad Cities and Madison Sunday and Sunday night - probably enough to shovel and plow. Chicago and Detroit will probably miss the worst of this late weekend storm.
* Series of very powerful storms spinning up in the North Atlantic, capable of wind damage and power outages across U.K., Ireland and Scotland - greatest risk coming Thursday of next week.
Summary: Midwestern operations will be impacted by rain, ice and (Sunday) snow, as the next surge of cold air pushes east - while eastern cities as far north as New York City and Philadelphia enjoy 60s on Saturday, 70s from Washington D.C. to Charlotte and Raleigh, highly unusual for the third week of December. We're tracking a series of unusually intense storms across the North Atlantic and North Sea, capable of disrupting operations, especially United Kingdom, over the next 7-10 days.
Paul Douglas - Senior Meteorologist - Alerts Broadcaster
TODAY: Icy start. Snow tapers early. PM clearing - still cold. Winds: NW 5-10. High: 13
FRIDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds. Low: 8
SATURDAY: More clouds than sun. High: 22
SUNDAY: Cold wind, dusting or coating of flurries. Wake-up: 4. High: 8
MONDAY: Slow clearing. Feels like -15F. Wake-up: -11. High: 2
CHRISTMAS EVE: Light snow. Couple inches late? Wake-up: -1. High: 19
CHRISTMAS: Very White Christmas. Some sun. Wake-up: 13. High: near 20
THURSDAY: Patchy clouds, partially numb. Wake-up: -1. High: 9
* Photo above courtesy of Steve Burns, who snapped this photo on a ski trip to Colorado: "Shot from Frisco, this is looking east over the Front Range and the two 14ers of Grays Peak and Torreys Peak."
“Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act.” - Albert Einstein
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