Wintry Mix Moves In Late Monday - AM Tuesday
The same storm system that brought significant icing across the Central U.S. over the weekend, will move into southern Minnesota late Monday - AM Tuesday. A wintry mix of freezing rain and snow will lead to difficult driving conditions Monday and AM Tuesday. The Winter Storm Watch that was in effect for parts of the region has been canceled due to the system not being quite as impressive as it looked before. With that said, up to 0.1" ice and up to 2" of snow may be possible in some locations as the storm pushes through. Here's an excerpt from the NWS Twin Cities regarding the system:
"Once we get by an icy wintry mix today, it's off to a prolonged January thaw from Tuesday into the weekend."
Winter Weather Advisory
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR FAR SOUTHERN MINNESOTA FOR MONDAY AND MONDAY NIGHT. THE ADVISORY AREA IS ALONG AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM ST. JAMES TO OWATONNA. THIS INCLUDES THE INTERSTATE 90 CORRIDOR. LIGHT FREEZING RAIN...SLEET AND SNOW WILL SPREAD INTO FAR SOUTHERN MINNESOTA MONDAY MORNING AND CONTINUE THROUGH MONDAY EVENING BEFORE DIMINISHING. ICE ACCUMULATIONS UP TO A TENTH OF AN INCH ARE POSSIBLE WITH SNOW ACCUMULATIONS UP TO 2 INCHES. THIS WILL LIKELY LEAD TO SLIPPERY TRAVEL CONDITIONS AND MOTORISTS ARE URGED TO SLOW DOWN AND ALLOW EXTRA TRAVEL TIME.
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST TUESDAY...
* TIMING...EXPECT A WINTRY MIX TO DEVELOP THIS MORNING AND DIMINISH AS MAINLY SNOW LATE TONIGHT.
* TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF UP TO 2 INCHED AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS UP TO TWO TENTHS OF AN INCH ARE EXPECTED.
* LOOK FOR REDUCED VISIBILITIES AT TIMES.
* THE ICE WILL RESULT IN DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS.
Wintry Mix Monday Night. January Thaw Begins
WOW! What a weekend! While some flock to sunny beaches in Mexico or Hawaii at this time of year, others flourish in the wintry Minnesota landscape. Whether you took to the trails or hit the pond, I hope you enjoyed it. Unfortunately, weather conditions sour for outdoor activities this week.
A devastating ice event will wrap up in the Central U.S. early this week. Widespread half to near three-quarter inch ice tallies have left parts of Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska in a real mess. That same storm grazes southern Minnesota with a light wintry mix late Monday into early Tuesday. An icy, slushy coating may be possible across parts of southern Minnesota just in time for the Tuesday morning commute.
After that, temperatures warm to well above average levels with highs in the 40s by the end of the week. Extended forecasts keep us at above average temps through much of the second half of the month. Our dwindling snow pack will likely become crusty over the next few days.
My kids will once again have a reason to blame me for the weather.
MONDAY: Increasing clouds. Wintry mix develops late. Winds: ENE 5. High: 31
MONDAY NIGHT: Light snow, light coating possible for metro. 1" to 2" slushy snow across far southern MN. Winds: ENE 5. Low: 25.
TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy, lingering flurries. Winds: WNW 5. High: 32
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny and mild. Winds: SW 5. Wake-up: 19. High: 36
THURSDAY: Partly sunny and very mild. Winds: S 5. Wake-up: 26. High: 42
FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy. Few sprinkles. Winds: SSE 5. Wake-up: 31. High: 45
SATURDAY: Scattered light rain showers. Winds: E 5. Wake-up: 35. High: 42.
SUNDAY: More melting, more sprinkles. Winds: NNW 5-10. Wake-up: 30. High: 39.
This Day in Weather History
1921: Winds gusting up to 59 mph create a 'sand blizzard' across southwest Minnesota and a snowstorm across the north.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average High: 23F (Record: 46F set in 1961)
Average: Low: 7F (Record: -29F set in 1888)
*Record Snowfall: 11.3" set in 1887
Sunrise Sunset Times For Minneapolis
*Daylight Gained Since Yesterday: ~1 minute 52 seconds
*Daylight Gained Since Winter Solstice (December 21st): ~27 minutes
Moon Phase for January 16th at Midnight
2.6 Days Before Last Quarter
Snowfall & Ice Potential
As our next system approaches from the South on Monday and will be with us through early Tuesday. Snowfall accumulations look fairly light and slushy. There may be a narrow band of 1" to 2" with a few isolated 3" tallies. Unfortunately, this may also be accompanied by some icing (0.1" to 0.2")
Extended Temperature Outlook for Minneapolis
Here's the temperature outlook through January 25th, which shows a VERY mild trend heading into the week ahead with highs in the 30s and even 40s by next weekend! With several days above freezing, our snow pack will likely take a big hit... we may also have a fog concerns with melting snow and added moisture in the lower levels of the atmosphere.
6 to 10 Day Temperature Outlook
According to NOAA's CPC, the 8 to 14 day temperature outlook suggests warmer than average temperatures continuing across much of the Upper Midwest from January 25th to January 29th. With that said, extended models are suggesting temperatures returning to near normal levels by the end of the month. Looking ahead, there doesn't appear to be any major cold snaps brewing over the next couple of weeks.
Here's the 8 to 14 day temperature outlook, which takes us into the end of January. Note that warmer than average temperatures continue across the Eastern U.S., while cold than average temperatures will move into the Western U.S.
National Temp Outlook
Take a look at the temperature anomaly through Monday, January 23rd. Note that the Eastern half of the country looks to stay warmer than average through the entire time period. Late January appears to host colder than average weather across the western half of the country.
Major Ice Event Central US
Thanks to the National Weather Service out of Dodge City and Wichita, KS for the pictures below, which shows the icing that took place there through the weekend. This has been a crippling event for some folks in the Central Plains with widespread power outages and even some fatalities. Note that just 1/4" of ice can add 500 lbs. of weight to a span of power lines... this additional weight is what causes trees and power lines to come down.
Major Ice Event Central US
Take a look at all the winter weather headlines across the country and note the deep purple coloring from Kansas to Nebraska and Iowa. Those are Ice Storm warnings, where widespread 1/2" to 3/4" of ice or more could accumulate, which will continue to cause major travel impacts and even power outages.
Here's the icing potential through midweek, which still suggests more 1/4" to near 1/3" ice accumulations. This will cause more major travel issues and power outages. Nebraksa and Iowa will to see some of the worst icing this system has to offer through the early week time frame, but some near 0.2" amounts can't be ruled out across far southern Minnesota in central and southern Wisconsin and will create major travel issues there.
Heres' the simulated radar from Monday to AM Wednesday, which shows icy rains tapering across the Central Plains, while scattered showers and isolated strong storms continue across the Southern U.S. through midweek.
Severe Storm Threats
As the storm system slowly moves northeast through the Central U.S., strong to severe storms will also develop on the southern flank of this storm system. Below are the severe storm outlooks for Monday and Tuesday. Note that a MARGINAL Risk of severe weather has been issued across parts of Lower Mississippi Valley for the potential of large hail and wind damage.
National Weather Outlook
Here's the national weather outlook through the middle part of the week, which shows the large storm system in the Central U.S. responsible for major icing concerns in the middle part of the country. The ice event will wrap up early in the week, but it will also bring widely scattered showers and storms to the Southern U.S. with isolated strong to severe storms and heavy rainfall. Also note the heavier moisture returning to the Pacific Northwest.
7 Day Precipitation Forecast
According to NOAA's PC, the 7 day precipitation forecast suggests widespread 2" to 4"+ rainfall amounts across the Southern U.S.. Also note the heavy moisture moving back into the West U.S., especially along the West Coast. Some 6" to 12"+ liquid tallies can't be ruled out from northern California to western Oregon and western Washington. There may even be some 2" to 4" tallies across parts of southern California through early next week.
The extended forecast calls for additional heavy moisture in the Western U.S. with heavy snow in the high elevations. Note that widespread heavy snow looks to fall from the Cascades to the Sierra Nevada Range to parts of the Rockies. The additional heavy snow in the Sierra Nevada Range is wonderful news for the upcoming water supply during the summer months for parts of California.
Take a look at the beautiful snow covered landscape from Yosemite National Park. This webcam from Half Dome shows how how incredibly beautiful the park can be in the winter when snow is present!
California Snow Comparison
California has been a significant drought over the last several years, but has made some improvements thanks to recent heavy precipitation. Take a look at the snow depth comparison from January 14th, 2014 vs 2017. Currently, FEET of snow is on the ground vs the very little snow pack that was on the ground in 2014 and in 2015.
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