Hello and happy Monday everyone, hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend. Now that the ham hangover is wearing off and the roads are clearing up, take a look around and you'll see snowbanks full of memories from our latest winter storm that will surely go down in the record books as one of the snowiest Christmas Eve/Day combos in recorded history. Here again are some of the noteworthy storm total snow reports that I came across - thought I'd share them with you one last time in case you missed it... Take a closer look at the Winona, MN stat. Winona is situated in southeastern MN where the rain/snow line was for most of the storm. Instead of seeing heavy snow, Winona had lots of rain... 1.24" of it!
I think the wildest weather was in Duluth, MN where 24.4" of snow fell at the National Weather Service (Over the Hill), but by the lake it was warm enough for mostly rain and slushy snow. The other interesting thing about the Duluth area is that the friction free winds coming across Lake Superior, being funneled into the western tip of the lake, increased to hurricane force and gusted over 50mph creating near 10ft. waves.
Here's a snowfall map from the National Weather Service out of the Twin Cities. It only shows the Twin Cities CWA or country warning area:
With all the snow we picked up in the Twin Cites area on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we were able to crack the top 5 snowiest Christmas Eve/Day Combos. In fact, we managed to take the 3rd spot with 7.2" total inches, beating the previous record of 5.9" in 1950.
New Year's Cool Down
Take a look at the image below. The darker red colors indicate another blast of Arctic air just in time for New Year's. Daytime highs will struggle to get out of the teens with single digit lows below zero likely. It'll feel like Old Man Winter slapped us in the face again - get ready - uffda!
Todd's Outlook for the Twin Cities
Monday: A badly needed ration of sunlight! Some blue sky overhead.Breezy, feeling colder High: 23
Monday Night: Mostly clear and colder than it's been in a while. Low: -3
Tuesday: Mix of clouds and sun, still quiet (and dry). High: 19
Wednesday: Alberta Clipper rolls in. Clouds increase, PM flurries. High: 22
New Year's Eve: Turning windy and colder, a coating of flurries possible. High: 17
New Year's Eve Night: Mostly cloudy and cold. Low: around zero or slightly colder
New Year's Day: Colder with a mix of sun and flakes. High: 9
Saturday: Numbing sun - subzero nighttime low. High: 11