32 F. average high for December 2.
40 F. high on December 2, 2012.
.5" half an inch of snow fell yesterday.
1.6" snow has fallen so far this winter in the Twin Cities.
10.7" amount of snow that should have fallen as of December 2 at KMSP.
-20F wind chills possible by Thursday night and Friday.
A Defining Chill
What unites residents of Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth? Cheering on Gophers, Twins, Vikes, Wolves and The Wild. And by The Wild I mean our increasingly manic weather patterns.
What may turn into the coldest arctic outbreak in a decade is on the way. Not a casual cold front, but at least two separate waves of "Holy Thinsulate - get me out of here!" Siberian Surges. An old fashioned cold wave spilling into mid-December.
I'm predicting 5 subzero nights through the middle of next week; in spite of a Yukon-blue sky daytime "highs" may not rise above 0F on Saturday. Late week wind chills may dip to -25F or colder.
Bitter blasts are often preceded by significant snow, and we're still on track for some 4-14 inch snowfall amounts over central & northern Minnesota by Thursday; maybe 2 feet along Lake Superior's North Shore.
Today will offer a wintry mix, the rain-snow line hovering over MSP - rain and sleet mixing with wet snow at times, mainly wet roads in the metro area. As temperatures cool a changeover to snow is likely tonight, maybe 2-4" tonight into Wednesday - the best chance of 3 or 4" northern suburbs. The farther north you drive up I-35 and 371 the heavier the amounts, but enough warm air pushes north for a sloppy winter mix in the metro today. ECMWF model data still hints at a few inches of snow Wednesday in the metro.
Temperatures drop below 0F Thursday, and may stay there until Sunday afternoon - before a reinforcing blast arrives next week. Here we go!
- Thanksgiving was the coldest since 1993 and driest since 2002. The Black Friday Weekend was the coldest in 4 years. Several major markets in the East had their coldest Black Friday weekend in over 15 years, including NYC, Baltimore, Charlotte, and New Orleans. Boston was coldest since 2000, Detroit and Atlanta since 2002, helping put seasonal items in customer baskets.
- Week 4 in the U.S., which included Thanksgiving and Black Friday, was the coldest end to November in over 50 years. Canada was colder than normal..."
Photo credit above: "The result of the storm surge that swept over Tacloban in the Philippines." Photo by Ton Carmello Pido Tallon.
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TODAY: Wintry mix - rain mixed with wet snow. Mainly wet roads metro. Winds: E 10. High: 37
TUESDAY NIGHT: Rain changes to mostly snow. Low: 29
WEDNESDAY: 2-4" of snow possible (best chance of 3 or 4" north metro). Slick roads. High: near 30 (sharply colder Wednesday night).
THURSDAY: Some sun. Temperature tumble. Wake-up: 4. High: 7
FRIDAY: Dangerously cold with intervals of sun. Feels like -20F. Wake-up: -8. High: 2
SATURDAY: A blue, arctic sky. Less wind. Wake-up: -13. High: -1
SUNDAY: Few inches of additional snow possible. Icy roads. Wake-up: -8. High: 12
MONDAY: Clearing, second reinforcing shot of numb arrives. Wake-up: 8. High: 10
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