I love how snow transforms a city. Especially after looking at bare trees and browning grass for weeks now just waiting for the white gold. Being from Florida snow is still a novelty for me. And I have been dreaming of a white Christmas -- in fact this will be my first white Christmas!
And here the snow rolled in Saturday night and Sunday morning:
Here's a closer look at my local area:
This was the first inch that fell in a single day in my area.. coming about a month later than normal. Better late than never.. and just in time for Christmas! That snow on the ground now will make it mighty cold. Combined with the snowpack that has already been building up to our north.. it is going to get frigid the next few days.
A trough is going to be sitting over the Midwest for several days - this is as multiple clippers/storms move through the Midwest and will continue to reinforce the cold air and bring additional snowfall. Let's talk about that cold.
First off, this will be the first white Christmas for many parts of my area since 2013. This will also be the coldest Christmas since 2012. It's going to be close, but it may even be colder than 2012. If it is... you'd have to go all the way back to the year 2000 to find a colder Christmas. Projected highs Monday:
Add in a little wind and it's going to feel even colder... near and below zero throughout the day:
Monday night into Tuesday morning will be the coldest morning we've had in nearly a year. I think the GFS is running a little high here and temperatures will likely be near and below zero further south into the snowpack on Tuesday morning.
The last time we had sub-zero temperatures in my local area was back on January 8th, 2016. Then tack on the winds and it is going to be feeling friiigid:
Once again some of these numbers may be a little high by about 5 degrees in spots. Tuesday afternoon won't be much better. High temperatures may not break out of the single digits!
The good news is that if you're doing any travelling Monday or Tuesday the weather will be pretty calm. Some light snow will be possible primarily in Nebraska and northwestern Missouri Monday night into Tuesday. The next stronger system comes in Wednesday night into Thursday. Of course the track of that storm will continue to change and we'll have more details on that in the coming days.
For now.. it's time to pull out the long johns and gloves and scarves and stay warm this Christmas.
Once again from me, Terry and Carolyn we wish you a very Merry Christmas! Roll weather and enjoy the white gold.