There are still a number of winter weather headlines across the Great Lakes and into the Northeast through Monday. The heaviest snow will wrap up across the Great Lakes early Monday, but will eventually end in the Northern New England States late Monday. Total snowfall accumulations could approach 6" to 12" in spots by the time this system wraps up.
Northeast Snowfall Potential
Here's the additional snowfall potential through PM Tuesday, which shows heavy pockets of snow of 6" to near 10"+ mainly across the Northern New England States.
Ice seldom freezes uniformly. It may be a foot thick in one location and only an inch or two just a few feet away.
Ice formed over flowing water and currents is often dangerous. This is especially true near streams, bridges and culverts. Also, the ice on outside river bends is usually weaker due to the undermining effects of the faster current.
The insulating effect of snow slows down the freezing process. The extra weight also reduces how much weight the ice sheet can support. Also, ice near shore can be weaker than ice that is farther out.
Booming and cracking ice isn't necessarily dangerous. It only means that the ice is expanding and contracting as the temperature changes.
Schools of fish or flocks of waterfowl can also adversely affect the relative safety of ice.The movement of fish can bring warm water up from the bottom of the lake. In the past, this has opened holes in the ice causing snowmobiles and cars to break through.
Here's the national weather outlook through AM Thursday, which shows fairly quiet conditions across the country when it comes to precipitation. One storm system leaves the eastern US with heavy lake effect snow in the wake of an Arctic front that blows through and another Pacific storm blows into the Western US. This is the next storm late week that could bring another round of heavy snow to parts of the US into next weekend.
Here's the 10 day snowfall potential, which shows the latest storm system moving through the northeastern US with pockets of heavy snowfall in the Northern New England States. The next storm system moves into Western US by the middle part of the week, which could translate into heavier snow across the Midwest, Great Lakes and parts of the Northeast later this week and weekend ahead.
After a few vigorous tugs, I finally got the snow blower fired up. It's always a little sluggish to turn over the first time each season. Now my coat and boots smell like gasoline.
This weekend's snow was a good one, the kind that doesn't take much to shovel because it is so fluffy. Temperatures during much of the snow event were in the teens making it a near 20 to 1 ratio. Meaning that for every inch of water, you'd get 20 inches of snow. Those ratios are typical with fast-moving clipper systems in January.
The wintry carousel continues as another surge of Arctic settles into the region. This will be some of the coldest weather we've seen since February with highs in the single digits and overnight lows in the sub-zero range. Wind chill values across parts of the state may even dip into the 20s below zero by midweek.
Extended models are hinting at the potential of another plowable snow event by Friday. We're still too far out to talk totals, but keep the shovels handy. We've certainly settled into a more active wintry pattern.
Extended Weather Outlook
1939: A December gale along the North Shore leads to winds clocked at 48 mph at Duluth.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average Low: 13F (Record: -15F set in 1879)
*Daylight Lost Since Summer Solstice: ~6hours and 48mins
2.7 Days Until Full (Cold) Moon
Here's a neat website from MetCheck that tells you if you'll get a white Christmas. I typed in Minneapolis and it said there's a 50% chance!
Check it out HERE:
Are you wondering what your average probability is of a white Christmas? Here's a look from NOAA. Note that the bright white colors indicate a near 9 out of ever 10 Christmases in white, which means that there is at least 1" of snow on the ground on December 25th.
See mroe from NOAA HERE: