It seems like we can’t catch a break! Winter Weather is causing travel headaches once again on this Sunday/Monday. Check out these photos from the start of the flurries and ice:
Above: Huntington, WV via Twitter: @jake_gilkerson
Above: Perryville, KY via Twitter: @Melvin_Lynn13
Above: Forest, VA via: Tomi Kaiser/WSET-TV
The storm will start out with snow and then transition into a wintry mix, finishing with rain. Flooding threats are posted into southeastern Kentucky where up to 2″ of rain could accumulate by the end of Sunday.
We’re continuing to track the snow threat into Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland where snow will likely be at least a few inches deeper by Monday.
Have a great week ahead! Meteorologist Miranda Hilgers
Cold Enough For Ya?
One of my favorite views during some of the first few Arctic outbreaks of the year is out of Duluth, MN. With Lake Superior water temperatures still in the upper 30s and Saturday morning air temperatures nearly -20F, steam rises due to the extreme temperature difference. It sure makes for beautiful sunrise pictures! Thanks to my good friends Wanda and Dale Brandt out of Duluth, MN for the picture below
One thing about Arctic air is that it it very dry! The result tends to be sunny skies. Take a look at the satellite image from Friday, December 6th from across the Upper Midwest and note the mostly white coating of snow on the ground. You can pick out certain features like cities, lakes, rivers and even lake effect snow bands on Lake Superior; COOL! Also note the bare ground from extreme southeastern Minnesota to southern Wisconsin. Sunday’s snowfall in those areas should take care of that though.
Lows AM Saturday
Thanks to a large dip in the jet stream, modified Arctic air has pushed through much of the nation. Temperatures are running well below average in many areas with double digit lows across the far north. Take a look at how cold it was early Saturday morning across the north-central U.S.
AM Saturday Wind Chills
Here were some of the lowest wind chills values that I could find AM Saturday. Note the near -50F wind chills across parts of Montana!
More Cold Weather Ahead
Daytime high temperatures on Sunday won’t be much better than what we’ve been dealing with. The colder, heavier Arctic air is having a tough time getting out of the Lower 48. I liken cold air to syrup that you put on your pancakes… It’s very heavy and dense, so trying to push it out can be tricky, especially if there’s snow on the ground, because that’s cold too!
Highs From Normal Sunday
This map is pretty remarkable! Look at how cold much of the nation is. Not only is most of the nation colder than average, but most locations are in the double digits below average for high temperatures – YIKES! Heavy to Florida is you want some warmth.
Cold Threatens Orange Crop in California
Take a look at the low temperatures expected AM Sunday for parts of California – YIKES!
A number of Frost/Freeze headlines have been posted through early next week!
The much below average temperatures are even having an impact on the orange crop in California!
“Some damage is expected to the mandarin and navel orange crops in the Central Valley but the extent is still unknown. Any losses likely won’t be known for several weeks, though the industry does not expect a dramatic impact on supply or price, according to California Citrus Mutual, an association of growers.”
U.S. Snow Depth
It’s a new snowy benchmark for the season. As of Saturday, 55.5% of the nation had snow cover! Impressive amounts of early December cold have pushed the storm track way to the South. You can actually see our last winter storm path from Texas to the Northeast. Significant amounts of freezing rain, sleet and snow made for major headaches and nasty travel weather. Unfortunately, there’s still another system that will be heading into some of the same areas through the end of the weekend/early next week.
Snow Cover Last Year – 2012
Interestingly, at this time last year there was only about 10% of the nation covered in snow!
Here’s the snowfall analysis from late last week, which show a narrow band of heavier snowfall from Texas to the Ohio valley. Note the nearly 10″ to 12″ amounts from southeast MO, to southern IL to southwest IL!
On a side note, you can actually see the snow/ice on the ground from satellite! The visible satellite image from midday Saturday showed a narrow band of it from SE Missouri to Indiana and Ohio. The dashed blue and yellow line is the dividing line between clouds and snow.
More Wintry Weather on the Way!
Unfortunately, we have another storm system quickly moving out of the western U.S.. The storm track has the system near the Great Lakes Region already by late Sunday night/early Monday morning. Like the last one, temperature profiles in the lowest mile of the atmosphere will be ever critical and it appears we’ll have more freezing rain, sleet and snow potential in some of the same areas that got hit a few days ago.
Next Winter Storm
National Weather Service offices across the country are still pretty busy this weekend. There are a number of winter weather headlines from cold to snow and ice, much of the nation will experience something as this system crosses the nation.
Sunday Weather Outlook
From rain/thunder to freezing rain, sleet and snow. This storm system will have a big impact on a large number of people through Sunday. The most concerning part to the storm will likely be from the middle Mississippi Valley to the Mid-Atlantic region where a mixed bag of wintry precipitation will be found. Ice, then snow could make for some major headaches!
The temperature profile over parts of the Ohio valley and the Mid-Atlantic Region don’t look good. In fact, it looks pretty ugly on Sunday, where more freezing rain is possible. Here’s a look at the freezing rain potential thru AM Monday. Keep in mind that the amounts projected below are likely too high for what atmospheric conditions will actually produce. I could reasonably see around 1/4″ to 1/2″ in some areas, which would certainly be enough to cause power outages and major travel headaches!
As our next storm system crosses the nation, plowable snow amounts will once again be possible from areas in the West to the Midwest and once again across parts of the Ohio Valley east to the Mid-Atlantic. Don’t put away the shovels just yet. The image below suggests the snowfall potential thru AM Tuesday.
Another round of heavy precipitation looks like it will set up aross parts of the Ohio Valley and the Tennessee Valley through early next week with up to 3″ or more possible.
Thanks for checking in and have a great rest of your weekend!
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It was a cold start to the day across much of the country! In fact, as temperatures warm up, they will still be well below daytime average high temps for this time of year. The only warmer than average spot can be found in Florida and southeastern Georgia and South Carolina.
The cold air, while a pain to deal with, made for an interesting sight recently. Steam fog, also known as evaporation fog, occurs when evaporation happens from a relatively mild body of water into a colder air mass just above the surface.
Here is this image from Duluth, MN (from Beacon Pointe Resort) of steam fog forming off of Lake Superior. When this image was taken on Friday, air temps in the morning hours were in the negative single digits. The water temperature was around 40°. It made for a very cool picture as a ship was passing by.
This webcam shot from the same area, except taken further back, shows the extent of how far the fog rises up into the air. It goes up and beyond the Aerial Lift Bridge in the middle of the photo.
The steam fog wasn’t just around Duluth, MN. We saw this wonderful image on our webcam in Glacier National Park in western Montana. The steam fog was very thick early this morning but started to thin out as the daylight hours continued to progress. Lake McDonald looked like a steaming bowl of soup with the steaming rising off its surface.
Steam fog needs the air temperature to be cold, typically 32°F or below, so that even a small amount of moisture can produce saturate the air, otherwise the heating process will outweigh the tendency towards saturation. The fog is typically found close to the nearby cold surfaces, such as the shore or a floating chuck of ice.
From The COMET Program, this graphic helps to show the process of Steam Fog.
Temps today will warm up, but not by a whole lot. Here is the forecast for Saturday.
By tomorrow, temperatures will try to warm up, but many locations, which nearly all of the lower 48, will see high temps about 10 to 30° on average, below normal! Brrr!
I hope you have some place warm to go and stay at while this early season chiller lingers across the country. Here is a look at a Sunday’s forecast. A flight to Florida looks really good right about now, especially to anyone that lives in the Dakotas or Montana where temps will not break zero degrees in some spots.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Meteorologist Addison Green ~ twitter: @agreenWNTV
Saturday, December 7, 2013
I came across a large group of turkeys the other day on my way home and was wondering what the group was called. I’ve always thought it was considered a “Flock”, but I’ve also heard it called a “Rafter”. Anyway, it was a pretty good show at a fairly close range.
My Favorite Winter Poem…
I’d like to share one of my favorite poems with you… see below:
This is a look at some of the coldest readings for Saturday. Note that a large chunk of the Northcentral part of the U.S. is sub-zero!
Cold Temps Continue
The forecast high temps for Saturday look quite cold across much of the nation. This is quite uncommon for this time of the year… This is a little more like mid January, wouldn’t you say?
Highs From Normal Saturday
Major Concerns in the Central U.S.
Unfortunately, the colder temps have had a big impact on weather conditions in the central U.S. as of late. A mixed bag of wintry precipitation has left several areas in a big mess. Take a look at the icy scenario in Greenwood, Arkansas! Thanks to @deandeanm33 for the picture! By the way, it only takes 1/2″ of ice to add nearly 500lbs. of extra weight to power lines that span pole to pole! No wonder why power outages are so common during ice storms.
More on the Ice Storm
Here’s the latest on the major winter storm from CNN:
“A winter storm spread a frigid combination of ice, sleet and snow from Texas to Tennessee on Friday, shutting down schools and businesses, backing up interstate traffic for miles and knocking out power for hundreds of thousands.
At least four people were killed in storm-related incidents, including a man who died when an ice-covered tree fell on his camper in Arkansas.
Dallas/Fort Worth took the hardest hit. It was colder in the Big D (26 degrees) than in Anchorage, Alaska (34 degrees), prompting the cancellation of the Dallas Marathon and spurring Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to cancel almost 700 flights, about 80% of those scheduled.”
Read more HERE:
Here’s another picture from Greenwood, AR from the National Weather Service in Little Rock, AR:
National Snow Depth
This is interesting… According to NOAA as of Friday, nearly 46% of the nation was covered in snow! This is the greatest snow coverage the U.S. has seen so far this season.
Snow Cover in 2012
At this time last year, only 6% of the nation was covered in snow.
Active Weather Continues
Take a look at the national watches/warnings/advisories map from PM Friday… note how active it was across the country with 2 storm systems on either side of the country and extreme cold to boot! Our 1st winter storm by midday Saturday will be mostly done with, but our next winter storm will be cranking up! Note also how many winter weather headlines that have been posted in the western U.S.
Next Winter Storm
Our next winter storm will have big impacts across much of the nation through the weekend ahead. From the West Coast to the East Coast, there will be another mixed bag of wintry precipitation.
Snowfall Potential Next 3 Days
Here’s the snowfall potential over the next 3 days as our 2nd storm system quickly heads east. The biggest impact in terms of snowfall appears to be in the western part of the country where 1ft. or more of snow could fall in the mountains! The light blue coloring over the Midwest suggests some nuisance to shoveling types of snows by late weekend. There will also be a wintry mix on the southern flank of this snow, which could once again make for some travel headaches.
This is what the weekend precipitation potential looks like across the nation. More rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow may be possible as this system quickly slides east… stay tuned to local forecast if you plan on traveling.
According to NOAA, the 6 to 10 day temperature outlook still looks quite chilly for much of the nation. Granted, it won’t be quite as cold, but it still looks plenty chilly through the eastern half the the country.
Thanks for checking in and have a great weekend ahead.
Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @TNelsonWNTV
Major Winter Storm Stretches From the Southern Plains to the Northeast
Frozen Holly Tree in Hickman, KY
Photo From Twitter: @JustinESuttles
A storm system that extends over 1600 miles from Texas to Pennsylvania is bringing mayhem to the Ohio River Valley and the Southern Plains. Heavy accumulating ice is generating numerous power outages. Map shows potential ice accumulation totals through tomorrow. Ice has been weighing down power lines and trees and causing now a quarter million people to be without power.
To the north of these areas, precipitation is coming mainly in the form of snow. Snowfall totals just north of the Ohio River will range from 6″ to 10″.
The second phase of this system will be the rapid temperature change. After the skies clear out, the winds pick up from the North and temperatures will be plummeting. Factor in that wind and the wind chill value sinks well below zero throughout much of the upper Midwest.
Most of the nation isn’t escaping this winter blast with temperatures for much of the country well below average.
Your Friday Forecast
Happy Friday! Stay Warm!
Meteorologist Gretchen Mishek