Take a look at the wintry scene from the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, ND after recent heavy snowfall from earlier this week. Some spots from eastern ND to northwestern MN saw up to 8" to 15" with near whiteout conditions thanks to 40mph to 50mph wind gusts. Heavy snow and gusty winds will begin to taper through the second half of the week.
Here are some of the heavy snowfall reports that have come in from eastern North Dakota and parts of northwestern MN. Note that a few locations near Grand Forks have seen up to 12" of snow already!
Blizzard Conditions Fade
Thanks to Coby Hubble for this picture out of northwestern ND as fresh snow and strong winds created blizzard conditions for much of the day Tuesday. Breezy winds on Wednesday will still create areas of blowing snow where heavy snow has fallen.
This is a look at the North Dakota road conditions, which still showed many closed roads or no travel advised across much of the state as of PM Tuesday.
The blizzard that impacted much of North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota also impacted protesters that have gathered to block the construction of the oil pipeline. Here's an excerpt from IBTimes:
"A blizzard hit the North Dakota camp where thousands of protesters have gathered to block the construction of an oil pipeline. A blizzard has hit the North Dakota camp where thousands of veterans and environmentalists have gathered to block the construction of an oil pipeline. Heavy snow, whipped up by 40mph (64km/h) winds, blasted through the tipis and tents, causing white-out conditions. After a relatively warm autumn, this was the first serious storm of the winter, with temperatures dropping to minus nine degrees Celsius (15F)."
See more from IBTimes HERE:
(Scott Olson/Getty Images)
First -50F in North America!! Drum Roll Please...
The first -50F of the season goes to Chalkyitsik on the Upper Yukon Flats in Alaska! It was measured early Tuesday morning.
Part of the same Arctic air mass that brought bitter cold to parts of Alaska is now plunging into the Lower 48. The image below shows the temperature anomaly from Tuesday, December 6th and note the bright purple from Alaska into the northwestern part of the US. This denotes MUCH cooler than average temperatures. This is the chunk of Arctic air that will continue to surge south into the Lower 48 through the rest of the week.
Here's that blob of Arctic as it continues to spread through the eastern half of the country through the rest of the week. Many locations will dip to near 10F to 20F+ below average levels, which will likely be some of the coldest air of the season.
Here's the national weather outlook through the end of the week, which shows heavy snow across the Upper Midwest tapering a bit with Lake effect snow developing across the Great Lakes Region through the end of the week. The next surge of Pacific moisture begins to slide into the Western US with heavy rain along the coast and heavy snow in the high elevations.
Here's the 10 day snowfall potential, which initially shows heavier snow ongoing across the Upper Midwest and translating into heavier lake effect snow across the Great Lakes Region. The next surge of Pacific moisture will bring heavy snow to the high elevation. As this next surge of Pacific moisture moves inland, it appears that some across the Midwest may be in for some additional accumulating snow by the weekend.
And just like that, the other shoe dropped! We all knew it would at some point, right? At any rate, let's welcome back Old Man Winter from his extended summer vacation. There are a few hecklers in the back booing. Apparently they aren't fans of face numbing wind chills and white knuckle driving. However, there are many Minnesotans that embrace the winter chill; your sweet spot has finally arrived!
An Arctic front blasted through Tuesday morning with gusty winds and single digit wind chill values. Not even sure I was ready for it. Time to dig out the heavy winter artillery.
Nearly a foot of snow and blizzard conditions taper across most of North Dakota and northwestern MN today. Gusty winds, nippy wind chills and scattered light snow showers continue through Thursday.
We'll have a few days to settle into temperatures that will be nearly 10 to 15 degrees below average before our next snow event moves in late Saturday.
Extended models suggest shoveling duties by Saturday night. Maybe even snowblower worthy? Stay tuned
Extended Weather Outlook
1927: A blizzard hits the Arrowhead region with heavy snows and 70 mph winds at Duluth.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average Low: 15F (Record: -20F set in 1972)
*Daylight Lost Since Summer Solstice: ~6hours and 40mins
0.1 Days Before First Quarter
See the full video from MetroNews.ca HERE:
(Image Credit: Willem Shepherd Via Facebook)
"The 50th Anniversary of ATS-1"
Here's an interesting nugget... it was 50 years ago (December 6th) that our first Earth-observing satellite ever was placed in geostationary orbit and only 5 days later, the first ever full disk image of Earth was taken from geostationary orbit! Pretty neat huh? Now we take satellite images for granted...
See more from NOAA HERE:
"Fifty years ago, at 9:12 p.m. Eastern on December 6, 1966, a NASA Atlas rocket carried the Applications Technology Satellite (ATS-1) to space, becoming the first Earth-observing satellite ever placed in geostationary orbit."
(ATS-1 launched at 9:12 p.m. Eastern on December 6, 1966 aboard a NASA Atlas rocket. Credit: NASA)
See more from Climate Central HERE:
(The remnants of a home destroyed by one of the many tornadoes that raked across Alabama during the April 2011 Super Outbreak. Credit: FEMA Photo by George Armstrong)
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