Many of us woke up to a slushy coating of snow on Sunday after a quick moving system rolled overnight Saturday/AM Sunday. It wasn't much, but it cause several accidents and spin outs as area roads became very slippery. Unfortunately for snow lovers, much of the snow will melt due to warm temperatures continuing on Sunday and Monday. In fact, temps on Monday will warm into the low/mid 40s across parts of southern MN.
Here's a look at snowfall tallies from across the region. There were several 1" to 3" tallies, but there was also a 4" report from near Inver Grove Heights. Thanks to above freezing temps during the day Sunday, much of that snow melted.
Radar Loop of Snow Ending AM Sunday
Here's the radar loop from early Sunday as the snow was ending across the Twin Cities. Heavier snow up to 1" to 3" fell across parts of the region, while just a light coating was found farther west.
Hawaii's highest peak could get up to another foot of snow Sunday, on top of the 2 feet that have fallen since Thursday, the National Weather Service says. A winter storm warning is in effect for the summits of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea through Saturday evening. “Then we’re expecting another round on Sunday and Sunday night,” said Matthew Foster, a staff meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Honolulu. Snow on the peaks is not uncommon in the colder months of the year, though deep snow is rare. “We’ll probably see three to five snow events a year during the cold season. Some years we might not get any, some years we might get more,” said Foster. The only other area of Hawaii that gets snow with any regularity is the Haleakalā volcano on Maui, which at about 10,000 feet gets snow once every five years or so, he said."
See more from USA Today HERE:
"In this image made from webcam video provided by Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, the CFHT telescope on the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii's Big Island is covered in snow on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a winter storm warning for the summits of Hawaii's Big Island as wind and snow engulf the high peaks. (Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope via AP)"
Pacific Moisture Moves into the Pacific Northwest
Here's the Eastern Pacific precipitable water loop that shows heavier moisture from the Pacific moving into the West Coast in a few different waves. These rounds of heavier moisture have been responsible for heavier coastal rains and high elevation snow. Another one of these storms is moving through the Pacific Northwest now with heavier snow possible through early next week.
Another Surge of Heavier Pacific Moisture
Here's a look at the next storm system moving through the region through the early part of next week. Note that areas along the coast and in the lower elevations will likely see rain, while those in the higher elevations will see snow. Some spots could see 1ft to 2ft by early next week.
...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT THRU 11 AM MST MONDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MISSOULA HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 11 AM MST MONDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * IMPACTS/TIMING: SNOW WILL CONTINUE FOR TONIGHT AND SNOW INTENSITIES WILL INCREASE DURING THE DAY SUNDAY. THE COMBINATION OF ACCUMULATING SNOW AND WIND, VISIBILITY COULD BE GREATLY REDUCED, ESPECIALLY OVER MARIAS PASS. A PERIOD OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW AND GUSTY WINDS IS LIKELY SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING WITH THE COLD FRONT. ALL OF THESE IMPACTS WILL CREATE HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS SUNDAY THROUGH THE FIRST PART OF MONDAY. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY: 10 TO 14 INCHES WITH ISOLATED HIGHER AMOUNTS IN THE MOUNTAINS AND MARIAS PASS. * WINDS: GUSTY WEST NORTHWEST WINDS OF 30 TO 40 MILE PER HOUR POSSIBLE FOR MARIAS PASS.
Snow in the Northwest
Here's the snowfall potential through midday Midday, which shows fairly significant tallies across the Cascade range and across much of the northern Rockies. Some spots could see up to 1ft. to 2ft. through early next week.
...SUMMARY... A FEW STRONG TO SEVERE STORMS ARE POSSIBLE MONDAY AFTERNOON INTO MONDAY NIGHT OVER SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE GULF COAST STATES. DAMAGING WIND IS THE PRIMARY THREAT...ALTHOUGH SOME HAIL IS POSSIBLE WITH ACTIVITY NORTH OF THE WARM FRONT. ...GULF STATES... LATEST SHORT-RANGE MODEL GUIDANCE CONTINUES TO SUGGEST A STRONG SOUTHERN-STREAM SHORT-WAVE TROUGH WILL EJECT ENEWD ACROSS NORTHERN MEXICO INTO THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY BY 06/00Z. 500MB SPEED MAX WILL INCREASE TO NEAR 80KT AS THIS FEATURE LIFTS NEGATIVELY TILTED INTO THE TENNESSEE VALLEY BY SUNRISE TUESDAY MORNING. IN RESPONSE TO THIS FEATURE...LOW-LEVEL TRAJECTORIES ACROSS THE GULF BASIN WILL AID IN THE NWD ADVANCEMENT OF A SURFACE WARM FRONT...BUT TRUE MARITIME AIR IS NOT EXPECTED TO MOVE APPRECIABLY INLAND. 04/12Z NAM SUGGESTS HIGHER THETA-E AIR SHOULD HOLD NEAR THE COAST AND FOR THIS REASON HAVE SUPPRESSED THE SLGT RISK A BIT CLOSER TO THE GULF WHERE BUOYANCY WILL BE SOMEWHAT HIGHER. LARGE-SCALE FORCING IN ASSOCIATION WITH EJECTING UPPER TROUGH WILL INDUCE ELEVATED CONVECTION NORTH OF THE BOUNDARY BEGINNING EARLY IN THE PERIOD. APPRECIABLE HEIGHT FALLS SHOULD ONLY SKIRT THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AND LOW-LEVEL WARM ADVECTION MAY BE THE PRIMARY INSTIGATOR IN CONVECTIVE DEVELOPMENT ACROSS THE SEVERE RISK REGION MONDAY. WHILE FORECAST SHEAR PROFILES FAVOR SUPERCELL DEVELOPMENT... IT APPEARS THE PRIMARY RISK FOR SEVERE TSTMS WILL BE NEAR/SOUTH OF THE WARM FRONT WHERE NEAR-SFC BASED INSTABILITY DEVELOPS. DAMAGING WINDS AND HAIL ARE THE PRIMARY THREATS AND HAIL IS MORE LIKELY WITH ELEVATED CONVECTION.
...SUMMARY... A MARGINAL RISK FOR A FEW STRONG TO SEVERE STORMS WITH DAMAGING WIND AND POSSIBLY A TORNADO WILL EXIST TUESDAY FROM NORTHERN FLORIDA THROUGH SOUTHERN GEORGIA AND SOUTHERN SOUTH CAROLINA. ...NORTHERN FLORIDA...SOUTH GEORGIA AND SOUTHERN SOUTH CAROLINA... DEAMPLIFYING SHORTWAVE TROUGH OVER THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS EARLY TUESDAY WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE MIDDLE ATLANTIC DURING THE DAY. OCCLUDED LEE CYCLONE OVER THE OH VALLEY WILL WEAKEN...WHILE SECONDARY CYCLOGENESIS COMMENCES OFF THE NORTH CAROLINA COAST IN RESPONSE TO THE DEAMPLIFYING WAVE. A WEAKLY UNSTABLE WARM SECTOR WILL HAVE MOVED INLAND THROUGH SOUTH GEORGIA AND SOUTHERN SOUTH CAROLINA TO THE SOUTH OF A WARM FRONT. HOWEVER THE CIRCULATION ASSOCIATED WITH THE DEVELOPING CYCLONE OFF THE NORTH CAROLINA COAST SHOULD FORCE THIS BOUNDARY SOUTHEAST AND OFFSHORE LATER IN THE DAY. IT IS LIKELY THAT THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE ONGOING EARLY TUESDAY ALONG PRE-FRONTAL WARM CONVEYOR BELT FROM THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE THROUGH SOUTH GEORGIA. INFLOW TO THE UPDRAFTS WILL BE ROOTED NEAR THE SURFACE AND THE STORMS WILL BE EMBEDDED WITHIN STRONG 0-6 KM SHEAR WITH INITIALLY LARGE LOW-LEVEL HODOGRAPHS...PROMOTING A RISK FOR ORGANIZED STORM STRUCTURES. ACTIVITY WILL MOVE THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF NORTHERN FLORIDA...SOUTHERN GEORGIA...AND SOUTHERN SOUTH CAROLINA WITH AN ATTENDANT THREAT FOR A FEW DAMAGING WIND GUSTS AND POSSIBLY A TORNADO OR TWO. HOWEVER...WEAK LAPSE RATES...WIDESPREAD CLOUDS AND ONGOING AREAS OF RAIN WILL LIKELY RESULT IN VERY WEAK INSTABILITY WHICH WILL PROBABLY SERVE AS A LIMITING FACTOR FOR A MORE ROBUST SEVERE EVENT.
...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON... .RAINFALL RATES AND INTENSITY WILL INCREASE LATER TONIGHT AND ON MONDAY AS A SURFACE LOW...ALONG WITH A VIGOROUS UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE...WILL MOVE ACROSS THE REGION. ANTECEDENT WET GROUND CONDITIONS ARE CURRENTLY OVER A MAJORITY OF THE AREA FROM THE RECENT RAINFALL. ADDITIONAL AREAWIDE RAINFALL TOTALS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES...WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS...IS STILL POSSIBLE IN THE WATCH AREA THROUGH MONDAY. THESE RAINFALL AMOUNTS WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO CAUSE FLOODING. THE RAIN WILL END FROM WEST TO EAST LATE MONDAY INTO MONDAY EVENING...ENDING THE FLASH FLOOD THREAT.
Here's a look at the snow depth across the state as of Thursday, December 1st. Note that much of the heavy snow that fell across western and northern MN a couple of weeks ago has since melted due to the ongoing mild weather through the end of November.
Each Thursday during the cold season, the State Climatology Office produces maps depicting the snow depth across Minnesota. Additionally, maps are created that depict snow depth ranking for the date. The data are provided by volunteers working with DNR Forestry, the National Weather Service, the University of Minnesota, Soil and Water Conservation Districts and CoCoRaHS.
I feel like Mother Nature is a little groggy this year. She's certainly had tough time getting winter started. Sure, we've had a few bouts of snow here and there, but nothing has been sticking because it's been so warm!
The Twin Cities was officially 7 inches below normal snowfall for the month of November only tallying up 2.3 inches. We had nearly all of that with our weak storm system that moved through late Saturday night/early Sunday morning, but again most of it melted due to above freezing temps.
Temps warm to near 40 degrees across the southern half of the state on Monday ahead of our biggest cool down of the season that will settle in later this week. Single digit wind chills will have most of us reaching for extra layers Wednesday through Friday.
We sneak up close to average this weekend as another light snow chance moves through, but the long range temperature forecast keeps us below average through the middle part of the month.
No major snow storms brewing yet, but temps 'should' be cold enough to favor a white Xmas.
Extended Weather Outlook
1979: Mild air moves in to Minnesota, with highs of 52 at St. Cloud and 54 at Browns Valley.
1928: Canby receives three inches of snow or greater for the third consecutive day.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average Low: 16F (Record: -14F set in 1873)
*Daylight Lost Since Summer Solstice: ~6hours and 38mins
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See more from Climate Central HERE:
(An oil well in Colorado. Credit: C.L. Baker/flickr)
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See more from IBTimes HERE:
(An artist's concept showing plants being grown in space. Photo: NASA)
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