Travel plans this weekend? If your travels take you south near Kansas City, MO - Des Moines, IA - The Quad Cities, Madison, WI - Milwaukee, WI - Chicago, IL; you may have some big weather impacts as a winter storm takes shape. The heaviest snow looks to fall across the region from late Saturday to early Monday. Heavy snow amounts of 4" to 8" will certainly make roads slushy and icy at times, so plan ahead!
By Paul Douglas
SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy. Drying out. Winds: NW 8-13. High: 39.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Winds: NNW 10. Low: 22.
SUNDAY: Clouds linger. Dry over Minnesota. Winds: N 10-20. Wake-up: 28. High: 32.
MONDAY: Peeks of sun with a cold wind. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 18. High: 26.
TUESDAY: A little more sun, still numb. Winds: NW 7-12. Wake-up: 12. High: 24.
WEDNESDAY: Light snow or flurries develop. Winds: SE 7-12. Wake-up: 14. High: 29.
THURSDAY: Light snow. A little slush. Winds: SE7-12. Wake-up: 18. High: 30.
FRIDAY: Gray. Light rain develops. Winds: S 10-20. High: 45.
This Day in Weather History
1993: The Thanksgiving Day Blizzard of 1993. A slow moving storm system traveled across the Upper Midwest during the Thanksgiving holiday, causing heavy snow across most of Minnesota. Travel became extremely difficult if not impossible over west central Minnesota where over a foot of snow accumulated. A number of car accidents were reported and several community events were canceled. Snowfall in excess of six inches or greater occurred north of a line from Bricelyn (Faribault County) to the Twin Cities metro area.
1983: A snowstorm dumps almost two feet at Babbitt and about 20 inches at Duluth.
1825: A warm spell begins over Ft. Snelling. The temperature rises up to 70 degrees.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average High: 36F (Record: 59F set in 2011)
Average Low: 22F (Record: -10F set in 1893)
Record Rainfall: 0.89" set in 1983
Record Snowfall: 11.4" set in 1983
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
Hours of Daylight: ~9 hours & 14 minutes
Daylight LOST since yesterday: ~1 minute & 57 seconds
Daylight LOST since summer solstice (June 21st): 6 hours and 9 Minutes
Moon Phase for November 24th at Midnight
2.1 Day After Full BEAVER Moon
"At this point of the year, it's time to set beaver traps before the swamps freeze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now active in their preparation for winter. It's also called the Frosty Moon. Fullness occurs at 12:39 a.m. EST (0539 GMT)."
What's in the Night Sky?
According to EarthSky.org this is what will be visible in the night sky over the next several nights:
"In late November and early December, look west in the evening for the Summer Triangle. It’s the signature star formation of our Northern Hemisphere summer, but you can see it in northern autumn, too. The Summer Triangle showcases three brilliant stars – Vega, Deneb and Altair – in three separate constellations. The Summer Triangle will still shines in the western evening sky (at mid-northern latitudes or farther north). What’s more, the Summer Triangle will continue to shine after dark throughout December and January. Look for it tonight at early evening, high in your western sky."
National Weather Outlook - Saturday, November 24th
Soggy weather will impact the eastern half of the country as we head through the next couple of days. The good news is that much of the precipitation will stay in the liquid for, however, folks in the higher elevations of the Appalachians and the Northern New England States will see a little icing. The bigger story will be the developing storm system in the Western US. Areas of heavy moisture will slide through the Inter-Mountain West on Saturday and move into the Plains through the rest of the weekend. Post-Thanksgiving travel plans will certainly be impacted as this storm moves east over the next few days.
Rain And Snowfall Potential
Here's the rain and snowfall potential through 7pm Sunday. Note areas of heavy moisture in the Western US eventually transitioning to heavy snowfall potential across the Central part of the country!