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An incredibly strong storm moved through the central part of the country Friday night. We saw it in storms, rain, snow, and wind here in my local area. Not too far away tornadoes - and strong, large tornadoes - were touching down in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Arkansas and Tennessee.

One town, Mayfield, Kentucky, was leveled by a tornado that moved through at night. This is a rare sight in general, but especially rare during the month of December:

A very difficult sight there. Closer to home we did have some lightning strikes before snow started to fall in eastern Iowa, it stayed all rain in the Quad Cities and points southeast. Here's a look at the snowfall totals from Friday night into Saturday:

The heaviest snow with this system fell in Minnesota with some areas getting well over a foot of white gold!

There are some snowfall reports around the Twin Cities of 18 to 21 inches!!

Now the big snows up north will have an impact on temperatures there, but down to the south we'll climb up. Those of us who did catch a little snow watched it all melt away on Saturday meaning we'll have no problem getting above freezing on Sunday with highs of 45 to 50.

The warmth just grows from there...we'll be into the low 50s Monday and as you can see the mid to upper 50s Tuesday.

Wednesday will be the peak of the warmth with temperatures in the 60s... going on 70!

These forecast temperatures are already over 10 degrees above the record for December 15th... these numbers will also challenge all-time record highs for the month of December. More on that in my next post...RK

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