29 F. average high on December 9.
32 F. high on December 9, 2012.
1/10th of an inch of snow fell yesterday at MSP International Airport.
6.3" snow in the Twin Cities during the first 9 days of December.
3.7" average snowfall from December 1-9.
11.3" snow last December as of the 9th.
Minnesota Weather History on December 9. Data courtesy of the Twin Cities National Weather Service:
1992: By this time there is partial ice cover in the Duluth harbor.
1979: Heat wave across Minnesota. High of 54 at Twin Cities and 57 at Winona.
1978: Alexandria ends it fourteen day stretch of low temperatures at or below zero degrees Fahrenheit.
1889: Late season thunderstorm observed at Maple Plain.
Canada is spamming us with more arctic air, and it's getting harder to mock the snowbirds who flee south every winter. I get regular calls & e-mails from Florida friends, sharing the predicted high temperature for the day. Very thoughtful. I return the favor by sharing coordinates of major hurricanes during the summer months.
With a son in the Navy near Pensacola we've had a chance to explore the Sunshine State, and I'm going to let you in on a secret. If you're tired of the congestion & traffic gridlock consider 30-A, South Walton County, on the Panhandle. Not as warm in January. Not as crazed either.
Sometimes the thought of a sunny, southern vacation is almost as good as the getaway itself. Right now I'd settle for Dubuque.
A family of clippers drags more bitter air south of the border into midweek; 20 (above) feels like sweet relief by late week.
Models show a subzero swipe early next week, followed by a Pacific reprieve next week as steering winds turn more westerly. That should mean 30s within 8-9 days. NOAA's 45-day CFS model hints at a mild bias returning much of January.
Perhaps that's wishful thinking. At least we'll have a (very) white Christmas this year.
* Another significant burst of snow is likely Tuesday for major urban centers from Washington D.C. and Baltimore to Philadelphia and New York, slightly lesser amounts across southern New England and metro Boston.
* Band of 3-6" likely D.C. to Philadelphia with locally heavier 6"+ amounts possible; best chance of snow morning and midday hours. I expect 2-4" in metro New York City. Expect significant air delays and cancellations from Dulles and Reagan National in D.C. to La Guardia, Newark and JFK in New York City Tuesday.
* Impacts to air/land travel likely - I envision extremely slow commutes - and facilities within 100 miles of the I-95 corridor will see snowy impacts from this system. Little or no ice expected; the atmosphere should be cold enough for all-snow.
Summary: A few weeks ago we warned of an active and wintry pattern for much of the East Coast, and that forecast seems to be verifying as a series of storms ripple along the leading edge of Arctic air. One such ripple of low pressure will squeeze out plowable amounts of snow from northern Virginia to New York City, with lesser amounts for Providence, Hartford and Boston. I'm especially concerned about Washington D.C. and suburbs, where mere flurries can wreak havoc. Tuesday will be a very forgettable travel day in the nation's capital, with considerable impacts into Philadelphia and even metro New York City.
Paul Douglas - Senior Meteorologist - Alerts Broadcaster
Graphic credit above: "High-resolution radar imagery from the OU RaxPol mobile research radar showing different aspects of the El Reno, Okla., tornado. In the top-left image the main vortex is located in the center of the larger donut hole. Advanced technologies such as this radar may help forecasters extent tornado warning lead times." Credit: Twitter via @WunderAngela.
Photo credit above: "The skyline of the Lujiazui Financial District with the high-rise buildings is covered with heavy smog in Pudong in Shanghai." Photo: AP.
Photo credit above: Noor Khamis / Reuters.
Photo credit: "Christmas in a can". Courtesy of GAME.
TODAY: Coating of flurries, then bitter winds and falling temperatures. Windchill: -15. High: 9
TUESDAY NIGHT: Clear and Nanook. Low: -10
WEDNESDAY: Bright sun, still numb. High: 1
THURSDAY: Patchy clouds, not quite as harsh. Wake-up: -12. High: 17
FRIDAY: Intervals of sun, still dry. Wake-up: 12. High: 23
SATURDAY: Flurries or very light snow. Wake-up: 15. High: 18
SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy, turning colder again. Wake-up: 3. High: 9
MONDAY: Light PM snow, coating possible. Wake-up: -5. High: 12
* 30s are possible by the middle of next week.