Dense fog and some freezing fog on roadways will leave some icy spots early Sunday AM. Use caution travelling early Sunday AM.
Dense fog and freezing fog advisories are in effect until 9AM Sunday.
Skies should brighten Sunday PM as milder breezes push temps past the 50 degree mark in southern Minnesota. It will feel more like springtime than December in Iowa, where temps should warm into the 60s! Unreal.
Snow chance next weekend?
I’ve been watching the GFS model wrestle for a few days with what appears to be a chance of snow late next week or into the week of December 10th.
The latest GFS and European runs seem to be coming together around a possible snow system next weekend , most likely on Sunday that could include much of Minnesota and possibly the Twin Cities metro.
Image: NOAA GFS via College of DuPage
European Model suggests snow next Sunday: Image from Norwegian Met Institute
If the models are correct, there may be a chance for the first real significant snows of the season for much of southern Minnesota and the Twin Cities next Sunday.
It’s too early to be definitive, but I’ll be keeping a close eye on this potential system the next few days. This one could make snow lovers happy, and dramatically increase the chances for a White Christmas.
“December Thaw” to open the month this weekend
40s this weekend in most of Minnesota
Near 50 possible in southern Minnesota & the south metro this weekend – don’t be shocked if your backyard thermometer says 50F Satuurday PM
Widespread 50s by Monday
32F average high temp in the metro this weekend
+15 to +20 degrees vs. average to open December
California storm rages with more than a foot of rain
79 mph wind gusts in Independence, California Friday
80 mph gust at Mount Rose, Nevada
Welcome to December in Minnesota.
It might be December in Minnesota if you see;
55 degrees – temps warm enough for one last round of golf
Sunshine and temps in the 40s
“Domebuster” blizzards packing 10″ to 23″ of snow
Dangerously bitter cold with temps of -20F
December 2012 starts off on an unseasonably mild note.
The big western storm has created a southerly wind flow that’s pumping mild air northward into the Upper Midwest.
Epic California storm rages on:
The huge California early season winter storm continues to rage this weekend.
NOAA’s integrated water vapor loop shows the continued moisture plumes….driven by the “Atmospheric River” know as the “Pineapple Express.” The system will continue to spray California like an unattended fire hose this weekend.
Check out some of the verbiage and rainfall totals from NWS.
AT 1200 PM PST…AN EXPANSIVE AREA OF LOW PRESSURE WITH A CENTRAL
PRESSURE OF 970 MB…28.64 INCHES…CENTERED OVER THE NORTHEAST
PACIFIC CONTINUES TO FEED MOISTURE INTO THE WESTERN U.S. NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADARS AND SURFACE OBSERVATIONS INDICATED
SCATTERED TO WIDESPREAD MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN ACROSS CENTRAL AND
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA…NORTHERN NEVADA… AND WESTERN WASHINGTON.
THE MAJORITY OF THE PRECIPITATION IS FALLING IN
THE FORM OF RAIN. HOWEVER…IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE
CASCADES AND SIERRAS… THE PRECIPITATION WAS FALLING AS SNOW.
…SELECTED STORM TOTAL RAINFALL IN INCHES THROUGH 1200 PM PST FRI NOV 30…
ST. HELENA 8.82
CRESCENT CITY 7.25
MC CLOUD 7.07
WHISPERING PINES 6.32
TRINITY CENTER 5.16
…SELECTED PEAK WIND GUSTS IN MILES PER HOUR EARLIER IN THE
INDEPENDENCE 5 NW 79
HIGH GLADE LOOKOUT 67
MT. DIABLO RAWS 67
BLUE CANYON 66
DUNCAN PEAK RAWS 64
SADDLEBACK RAWS 63
CRESCENT MILLS 60
OXNARD AIRPORT 57
MONTAGUE/SISKIYOU CO. ARPT 53
HALF MOON BAY 42
MOUNT ROSE SKI AREA 4 NE 80
CARSON CITY 72
RENO/CANNON INTL ARPT 57
The storm will continue to come in waves into early next week. Here are some projected rainfall totals from NOAA’s Hydrometerological Prediction Center. (HPC)
Snow levels with this system are pretty high…above 8,500 feet in some areas.
Some snow is piling up at higher elevations. Here’s the Diamond Peak Snowflake Lodge webcam show Friday PM.
One aspect of the heavy rains is so called “debris flows” which can come crashing down “burn scarred” mountainsides after heavy rainfall events.