Winter Weather Headlines
The National Weather Service has issued several winter weather headlines from the Plains to the Great Lakes Region.
...LATE SEASON WINTER STORM TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING...
A WINTER STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT LATE TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING ALONG AND WEST OF A LINE FROM REDWOOD FALLS TO HUTCHINSON...AND CAMBRIDGE MINNESOTA. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING EAST OF THE WINTER STORM WARNING ALONG AND WEST OF A LINE FROM MANKATO...TO NEW RICHMOND WISCONSIN...TO RICE LAKE WISCONSIN.
SNOW WILL DEVELOP OVER CENTRAL MINNESOTA LATE TONIGHT AND SPREAD SOUTHWEST ACROSS WESTERN MINNESOTA OVERNIGHT. SNOW WILL QUICKLY BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES TUESDAY MORNING. THE SNOW WILL SLOWLY SPREAD EASTWARD THROUGH THE DAY...REACHING SOUTHERN AND EASTERN MINNESOTA AND FAR WESTERN WISCONSIN BY THE AFTERNOON. SNOW WILL DECREASE IN INTENSITY TUESDAY EVENING AND TAPER OFF FROM WEST TO EAST EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 TO 12 INCHES ARE EXPECTED ACROSS CENTRAL AND WESTERN MINNESOTA... WITH 3 TO 6 INCHES POSSIBLE FROM SOUTH CENTRAL AND EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA TO NORTHWEST WISCONSIN. THE AXIS OF HEAVIEST SNOW WILL LIKELY FALL ALONG A LINE FROM GRANITE FALLS TO LITTLE FALLS AND MORA.
Here's the messy storm setup through Wednesday evening. A mess of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow will all be possible across parts of the Midwest.
This is what the National Weather Service out of the Twin Cities had to say about the snow potential for the Twin Cities CWA.
"A strong winter storm will impact Minnesota and Wisconsin late tonight through Wednesday morning. Updated to include adjusted snow totals. Swath of heaviest snow hasn't changed much."
Duluth Snow Potential
This is what the National Weather Service out of Duluth posted on their Facebook page about the storm.
"A winter storm is still on track to hit the Northland. Snow should develop from south to north later tonight and especially during the day Tuesday. Snow may take longer to develop over far northern Minnesota. See image below for latest snow totals. Most of those values are on the top of the expected snowfall range."
The storm system that we're dealing with here takes a dip in the Midwest on Tuesday before lifting back north into the Great Lakes Region. The best snowfall potential will fall on the northern side of the low track. Interestingly, the storm will draw up warmer air on it's eastern edge, so precipitation will initially start as a wintry mix for some in the Upper Mississippi Valley.
The probability of at least 4" or snow or more snow a very good chance of that occurrence from central Minnesota into the northeastern part of the state to northern Wisconsin and the U.P. of Michigan.
Probability of at least 8" of Snow
The probability of at least 8" of snow or more still shows a fairly good chance of that happening in the same swath listed above.
St. Patty's Day Snow
Thanks to Mag Maroney-Bowen via WUSA9 out of Coles Point, VA for this very festive image below. It was a very snowy start to a St. Patrick's
More D.C. Snow
Thanks to my good friend Aaron Mertig for the picture below out of Washington D.C. where another fresh blanket of snow came down early Monday morning. There was enough snow to close federal offices and public offices around D.C.. They even closed the Zoo!
Here's the snowfall analysis from Sunday & Monday, which shows some of the most significant tallies across parts of WV, VA and MD. The largest tally I could fine was 13.7" out of Haywood, VA.
Here's a BIG list of all the snow tallies from this system from NOAA's WPC:
March Temperature Anomaly
So far this March has been running quite a bit below average for the eastern two-thirds of the nation. This map doesn't look much different from the temperature anomaly for meteorological winter (December-February).
According to NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, the temperature outlook through the end of March looks to stay colder than average for the eastern two-thirds of the nation.
St. Patty's Day Earthquake
Did you hear about the earthquake near Los Angeles, CA on Monday morning? the 4.4 magnitude earthquake didn't do much other than gives folks a quick jolt. It happened early in the morning and was even caught live during a morning news program! Check out this video from KTLA HERE:
Here's the shake map from USGS, which shows where the earthquake was felt. Note that there are a light of light blue colors, which inidicates quite a bit of light/moderate shaking.
Now this is interesting and the first time I even heard of something like this. Is your pet afraid of thunderstorms? This products claims to help your furry friend relax during storms... it's the ThunderShirt!
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