Friday, December 19, 2008

The forecast

The long range forecast graphic from WCCO. It is shaping up to be a warm week... :)



Here is what the weekend holds in store for us in Minnesota. The latest from the National Weather Circus out of the Twin Cities as of 6:15 AM on Friday:

Tonight: A 50 percent chance of snow after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11. Wind chill values between -1 and 8. East southeast wind between 6 and 9 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Saturday: Snow. High near 18. Wind chill values between -2 and 8. East southeast wind 8 to 13 mph becoming west. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.

Saturday Night: Snow. Low around 2. Wind chill values between -8 and -18. West northwest wind between 15 and 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Sunday: Snow likely and areas of blowing snow, mainly before noon. Cloudy and cold, with a high near 5. Blustery, with a northwest wind between 16 and 21 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.


Southern Minnesota is getting clobbered right now (5-8 inches of snow, but just a dusting here in the Cities). Then we have a winter storm slated for Saturday with possible blizzard conditions Sunday, followed by yet another potential storm on Tuesday.

That makes 3 winter storms in 5 days. I just read that of the 19 days this month, here in Minnesota it has snowed 16 of them.

Hey, at least winter officially starts this Sunday, and it will definitely be a white Christmas! :)

Those of you in the northern climates, stay warm!

Battening down the hatches,

Jean
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