2010… Out Like a Lion Dec 30, 2010

Hello and happy Thursday everyone.

More Wintry Weather

The wintry weather forecast calls for a little bit of everything and a lot of some stuff. Heavy snow will come in two rounds over the next couple of days – the hardest hit areas look to be from eastern South Dakota through eastern North Dakota and into far northwestern Minnesota, including the Red River Valley. I wouldn’t be shocked to hear of some locations getting close to 18″ by the time the 2nd low barrels through early Saturday morning

Blizzard Conditions

A BLIZZARD is defined as a violent snowstorm with winds blowing at a minimum speed of 35mph and visibility of less than 1/4 mile for at least 3 hours. These conditions are being already for the 2nd time this week in different parts of the country from 2 different storm systems. The first one was earlier this week along the East Coast and the 2nd is now occurring through the Rockies and along the Front Range in southeastern Wyoming near Cheyenne.

Ishy Forecast

Yeah… That’s all I have to say about this one. Yuck – Rain on December 30th for the northern tier states usually doesn’t happen that often. Take Minneapolis, MN for example. This December, Minneapolis has seen 33.4″ of snow – making it the snowiest December on record, which records go back to the late 1800s. There was nearly 20″ of snow on the ground on Christmas Day and now there’s is light to moderate rain in the forecast for Thursday and perhaps for the early part of Friday. Isolated thunder may be as close to the Twin Cities as extreme southeastern Minnesota.

SPC Severe Thunderstorm Outlook

A general thunderstorm risk extends to southeastern Minnesota tomorrow and turns into a SLIGHT RISK over part of the Lower Mississippi Valley tomorrow.

High Resolution 4km Simulated Radar Reflectivity

This is a look at the depicted simulated radar reflectivity by late tomorrow afternoon & evening. Note the more intense looking ‘blobs’ over the eastern portions of Missouri and Arkansas. There is a potential of some hail, high winds and isolated tornadoes in these locations. Keep in mind that this is fairly unusual for this time of the year, but it is important to note that tornadoes CAN happen at any time of the year… day or night – make sure to pay attention to the weather tomorrow if you live in these locations for any potentially surprises that may pop up!

New Years Cold Blast

The most significant threat behind the system and just in time for New Years Eve and New Years Day is going to be the Arctic Blast and very cold wind chills. Track the Arctic chill below:

New Years Eve

New Years Day

Alright, that’s all for that ishy forecast – hope you’re not too confused…. I know I am 🙂

If we don’t talked to you before the New Year, enjoy the waning hours of 2010, we’ll see you around the bend.

Meteorologist Todd Nelson – WeatherNation LLC

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