Monday, December 12, 2016

Arctic air reloading - snow this week?

Hope everyone had a nice weekend and a chance to thaw out some. More cold weather is coming and it will be awhile before we see this relentless, Arctic air ease up. As I mentioned last week, we could see these Arctic blasts continue right up to Christmas and maybe beyond. So many locations are still waiting on their first 1 inch of snow and that still may be a week away yet.

Just take a look at the 7 a.m. temperatures from Kansas all the way up into central Canada. Those dark shades of purple indicate temperatures WELL below zero. And as expected, almost all areas between Kansas and Canada have snow on the ground, so these air masses won't be able to modify much as they move south. Just look at the one week comparison of snow cover. It's rapidly expanding as the storm track continues to be VERY active.

Snow cover - Monday

This Week:

Today - This will be one of the warmest days of the week. Highs will mostly be in the 40s and 50s ahead of the next front.

Tuesday - Cold front arrives before sunrise and temperatures will mostly fall into the 30s.

Wednesday - One of the colder days with highs in the 20s to near 30. A few flurries may show up, but very unlikely to cause any accumulations.

Thursday - Still cold and dry. Winds will start turning back to the south, but highs will only reach the upper 20s to near 30.

Friday - Windy!! Clouds start rolling in and the bitter cold may ease (highs in the 40s to near 50)

Saturday - Another STRONG cold front will come through with a chance for light snow and flurries. Highs will drop back to the 20s once again. This will be another Arctic air mass arriving for the weekend.

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