November 22, 1983: Heavy snowfall accumulated over most of central Minnesota with snowfall totals from 4 inches to almost 1 foot. Minneapolis received 11.4 inches of snow, while Farmington had 11 inches.
November 22, 1954: 1954 Gale over Minnesota. Considerable damage in downtown Wadena.
Positive spin: no bugs, humidity, severe storms or road construction. No raking, weeding or picking milfoil out of your teeth. What's not to like about late November? OK, it's been a little chilly;
I'm just grateful there aren't any large lakes lurking upwind. Could a Buffalo-like 8 FEET of snow fall on Duluth? Possibly, but Lake Superior is consistently colder than Lake Erie. You don't have the 40-50 degree temperature differential that sparked a 48-hour firehose of thunder, lightning and snow, falling at the rate of 3-7 inches/hour at times.
By the way, the forecast for Buffalo at the beginning of last week was 1-2 feet of lake effect snow. No one in their right mind predicts 6-8 feet of snow from a single event.
Soak up 40s early today; a welcome respite from nearly continuous Canadian exhaust since November 10. Significant rain tracks east of town today; a coating of slush possible Monday as cold northwest winds kick in on the backside of this storm.
Another couple of inches of snow may fall Wednesday ahead of the next clipper; "highs" holding in the teens Thanksgiving. Another thaw is brewing a week from today; longer-range guidance hinting at a few Pacific warm fronts the first half of December.
A very white Christmas? Bet on it.
Consecutive days of "at or below 32 degrees" in the Twin Cities (1871-2014) Streak Began Streak Ended Total in Nov. ------------------------------------------- 1880-11-16 to 1880-12-03 15 Days 1911-11-11 to 1911-11-21 11 Days 1985-11-20 to 1985-12-21 11 Days 1996-11-18 to 1996-11-28 11 Days 2014-11-10 to 2014-11-20 11 Days
Snow Shoveling 101: How Not To Kill Yourself. Yahoo Health has some good advice.
Flash Flood Watch for western New York, including metro Buffalo. The concern is heavy rain and 50s by Monday, adding additional weight to the snowpack on area rooftops, resulting in more collapses into next week. Details from The Buffalo News.
TODAY: Thick fog. A little rain and drizzle. Winds: West 10. High: 43, then falling
SUNDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy - wet roads become icy. Low: 24
MONDAY: Colder wind with falling temperatures, coating to 1" of snow. High: 28
TUESDAY: Partly sunny, good travel day. Wake-up: 16. High: 25
WEDNESDAY: Couple inches of snow possible. Wake-up: 20. High: near 30
THANKSGIVING: Intervals of sun, feels like -10. Wake-up: 10. High: 16
BLACK FRIDAY: Good shopping weather. Cold sun. Wake-up: 4. High: 15
SATURDAY: Patchy clouds, light winds. Wake-up: 6. High: 20
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