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The snow season got off to a rip roaring start over the Midwest with some parts of Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois seeing more than 7 times their mean November snowfall.

The Quad Cities set November records for daily snowfall 13.3" and monthly snowfall 18.4".

Then December came and the snow guns shut down. Much of my area has seen an inch or less. Some of the hardest hit areas of Iowa and Illinois in November have had no snow at all in December. The averages are evening out.

Here's where snow is on the ground as of Wednesday morning. Bad sledding in many parts of the Midwest.

Forecasts don't get any snowier the next 6-10 days as temperatures warm and storms stay away. These are the forecast 10 day temperature departures.

Here's the 10 day snowfall forecast off the GFS.

The EURO has this.

The potential is there for the warm dry pattern to break down just before Christmas. Long range models have lots of inconsistency regarding timing and the placement of short wave energy so there's plenty of details to resolve.

Getting back to today, a disturbance in the southern stream will bring clouds and some light showers, sprinkles, or drizzle to parts of the area later Thursday, especially southeast of the Mississippi. Once this system departs the weekend looks excellent. With mostly sunny skies, and temperatures 10-14 degrees above normal the malls will be packed. I'll be one of those lightening my wallet! Roll weather...TS

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