SNOW MOVING OUT...
The winter storm will continue to exit the region as we head into Monday morning. Through the day Sunday snow fell persistently in Missouri and Illinois before creeping into my area. Up to 3 inches fell in my southern counties down around Burlington and Galesburg (near HWY 34) Up to an inch fell as far north as I-80. Southern parts of the Quad City metro saw nearly 2" of powder. Here's a look at some of the snowfall totals as of 8 pm Sunday -
There will be a second system that moves through the central U.S. Monday and bring snow to a lot of the same areas that got it this weekend. Here's a look at the hi-resolution rapid refresh model:
An additional one to four inches of snow will be possible in portions of Missouri and Illinois... Here's the latest from the National Weather Service in St. Louis:
To the north of this system it will be another cold day. There may be some more sunshine around but the cold air still has it's grip on us:
These systems pass on by and the rest of the week will be... well, very quiet. Temperatures will gradually warm up as well. There will be a ridge of high pressure in the upper levels of the atmosphere which will lead to the warmer temperatures.
Here's a look at the temperatures on the European model just as an example. There will be one day temperatures get knocked back a little bit (on Wednesday) as a weak cold front moves through Tuesday. There won't be much (if any) precipitation with it but cold air will move in.
Another reason for the warmer temperatures has to do with a lack of systems (and lack of moisture around) coming through. High pressure will be in control for much of the week at the surface:
In the forecasts above you can see the temperatures do dip down on Christmas Day. Now it's too soon to know any specifics but it does look like next week (Christmas week) the pattern will turn more active once again and there will be a system or two that moves through the Midwest. Right now chances look better for rain than snow. We'll be watching! RK
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