Warm, Quiet Week As A Lack Of Snow Pack Continues
By DJ Kayser, filling in for Douglas
There's been one big question that has been running through my mind recently: where is all the snow? Now, I am not the biggest winter outdoors person in the world, but the lack of snow is bothering me a little bit.
On average, this is the time of year that we typically see the most snow on the ground according to the Minnesota Climatology Office. About 85% of winters on record have at least one inch of snow on the ground on February 12 in the Twin Cities, with just under half having at least six inches. This year? You’re lucky to find a trace of snow on the ground.
Recently we have lacked snow depth as we went into mid-February, though, with only one to two inches on the ground at this time the past two winters. The winter of 2013-14 was the last time with over a foot of snow on the ground at this time of year.
There aren't many chances in the next seven days to start building any snow pack. Temperatures will be in the 30s and 40s this week, with no big precipitation chances. At least those giant snow piles will be melting.
Extended Forecast for Minneapolis
SUNDAY: Sunny with wind gusts up to 30 mph. High 37. Low 23. Chance of precipitation 0%. Winds NW 10-20 mph.
MONDAY: More sunshine. Highs back above 40. High 43. Low 27. Chance of precipitation 0%. Winds SW 5-10 mph.
TUESDAY: A few clouds and a little cooler. High 38. Low 19. Chance of precipitation 5%. Winds NW 5-10 mph.
WEDNESDAY: Coolest day of the next seven. High 30. Low 19. Chance of precipitation 0%. Winds NW 3-5 mph.
THURSDAY: Slowly warming with mostly sunny skies. High 36. Low 26. Chance of precipitation 0%. Winds S 3-5 mph.
FRIDAY: Partly sunny with 40s returning. High 45. Low 29. Chance of precipitation 5%. Winds SW 5-10 mph.
SATURDAY: Decreasing clouds and warm. High 47. Low 30. Chance of precipitation 5%. Winds S 5-10 mph.
This Day in Weather History
1988: For warm weather...head west! Duluth had a temperature of 31 below zero, while Rapid City was sitting at 59.
1872: A severe blizzard hits central Minnesota. The temperature at Litchfield was 34 degrees on the afternoon of the 12th, and fell to -20 by the morning of the 13th. At least 6 people died in Meeker County alone.
Average Temperatures & Precipitation for Minneapolis
Average High: 28F (Record: 59F set in 1990)
Average Low: 12F (Record: -30F set in 1875)
Average Precipitation: 0.03" (Record: 0.42" set in 1984)
Average Snow: 0.3" (Record: 3.2" in 1965)
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
Sunrise: 7:18 AM
Sunset: 5:37 PM
*Length Of Day: 10 hours, 19 minutes and 23 seconds
*Daylight Lost Since Yesterday: ~2 minutes and 52 seconds
*Next Sunrise At/Before 7 AM: February 24th (6:59 AM)
*Next Sunset At/After 6 PM: February 28th (5:00 PM)
Minnesota Weather Outlook
National Weather Outlook
84 Hour Forecast
Five Day Precipitation Outlook
Record Highs Possible In The Mid-Atlantic Sunday
More on the next system to impact the Northeast Sunday into Monday:
AerisWeather Briefing: Issued Saturday Morning, February 11th, 2017
* Another winter storm is taking aim on parts of New England Sunday into Monday.
* Boston will pick up on another half a foot of snow as we head into next week. There may be a period of rain and snow Sunday into Sunday Night in the city which will help limit snow totals a little bit.
* Parts of Maine, however, will receive up to two feet of snow from this system as it moves through the region.
* Blizzard conditions with wind gusts up to 60 mph will be possible as the storm strengthens once again along parts of the Northeast coast.
Breaking Down Expected Snowfall Totals Locally:
Wind Gusts Of 40-60 MPH. As the system quickly strengthens into the day Monday, wind gusts will be on the increase across the Northeast. Blizzard conditions will be likely from Boston into Maine due to the heavily falling snow and wind gusts that will be between 40-60 mph during the day. However, winds will be strong even south of where the majority of the snow falls, with very strong winds gusts in D.C., Philadelphia and New York City. These winds will have the potential to cause power outages during the day Monday.
Summary: Another winter storm will impact portions of New England Sunday into Monday with heavy snow and high winds. Snow will start across the region as we head into Sunday, lasting through a good portion of the day Monday. While Boston will end up with about another half foot of snow, you won’t have to go too far outside the metro to the north and west to find totals that will approach a foot. Across coastal parts of Maine, snow totals could approach two feet, and with wind gusts that are expected to be near 60 mph we will see blizzard conditions and significant blowing and drifting snow.
D.J. Kayser, Meteorologist, AerisWeather
Life On Europa?
As of the latest update from the Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab, only 13.4% of the Great Lakes have ice cover as of Friday. That is actually up from where we were at at this time last year, when only 7.8% of the lakes were covered. However, it can be a completely different story - back in 2015, 57.8% of the Great Lakes were covered. The Great Lake that has the most ice cover at the moment is Lake Huron, which is 25.2% covered.
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- D.J. Kayser