You would never know it by the weather today but a healthy winter storm is taking aim on the Midwest. About the only obvious clue Friday will be the stratus, areas of fog, and drizzle (freezing in a few spots north) that blankets the area. The stratus is the result of abundant low level moisture that's trapped beneath a strong inversion. Those conditions are not likely to break until Friday night when colder air arrives behind a strong cold front. That makes the last day of 2
While there's still some unanswered questions, it still looks like a significant winter storm will impact the central Midwest just in time to ring in the new year. The Weather Prediction Center (WPC) has all of my area under a heavy snow risk January 1st. They also indicate much below normal temperatures approaching from the west. Currently, WPC shows a large swath from the southern Rockies to the Great Lakes where snow is likely to accumulate. Here's a tighter view of my are
Having watched radar trends closely the past couple of hours and with fresh data to support my belief, it now looks like the 1 to perhaps 2" band of snow that will impact a small part of the region will likely stay just NW of the Quad City metro. Six hours ago the EURO showed this for totals. A 2" bullseye over the QC metro. The new run just in depicts amounts less than an inch with two bands splitting, one just to the NW and the other to the SE. The latest GFS shows a compar
It was a long time coming but the first real snow of the year finally came to the northern half of my area Tuesday. While you guys down south are still waiting, don't cry too much, your chance is coming New Years day and it should be worth waiting for. As for me, about 3" of white gold piled up at my place and tears of JOY filled my eyes at the glory of the sight. Below my backyard just before noon with nice big Charlie Brown flakes falling. Very tasty! Here's where the bulk
There's so much weather on the table it's hard to even know where to begin. Before I get to the snow that's coming this week, I do think the thunderstorms we had Sunday night are worth a mention considering the time of year. I can't remember an occasion when I saw that much lightning (sharp lightning at that) December 27th. Aside from the thunder and lightning, the wind was howling, the temperature was 37 and pea size hail was falling. This is the year that defies all logic!