This naming of winter storms has gotten out of hand. Nemo. A creative product placement from Disney? There's a reason why NOAA names hurricanes: when there are multiple storms in play assigning a name cuts down on public confusion.Today's storm reminds me a little of a college buddy: since this system is also big, slow, sloppy - approaching from the south - let's call it "Bubba".
I promise not to make this a habit, but we can do better than Nemo.
A surge of warm air aloft will spark a little freezing rain this morning (glaze ice possible, especially outside the metro). A burst of wet snow may spark 2-4 inches of metro slush, but dry air sweeping in by evening should cause any mix to taper. Deeper into the cold air a foot of snow may fall from Pierre to Moorhead, maybe 6" at St. Cloud.
Travel during this almost March-like storm gets worse the farther north/west you drive away from the metro area today - blowing and drifting an issue over western Minnesota by tonight. Skies clear by late Monday; a quiet week on tap. Another clipper pulls more frosty air arrives by late week, but not nearly as cold as a few weeks ago.
The maps look chilly - no early spring this year.
* ECMWF (European) forecast map valid midday today courtesy of WSI, showing a sloppy storm centered near Omaha, tracking northeast.
* photo above showing 6 foot drifts in Glenburn, Maine - courtesy of Angie Whittington and WeatherNation TV.
Photo credit above: "Snow blankets Boston on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Heavier winter storms fit a pattern predicted by climate scientists as the world warms." Photo by Christopher Petroff/flickr.
Graphic credit above: "Observed record ratio (the increase in the number of heat records compared to those expected in a world without global warming) for monthly heat records as it changes over time (thin red line is annual data, thick red line smoothed with half-width 5 years). This is compared with predictions from a simple stochastic model based only on the global mean temperature evolution (blue line with uncertainty band directly comparable to the smoothed red curve)"