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14 Dec 2009, 1:51 pm

Hello and happy Monday everyone, I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I didn’t have much of one – unfortunately – too busy… The holiday season is stressful, isn’t it? And the crowds, my gosh! I enjoy the online shopping a little more, than fighting for the front parking spot at the Mall. Department stores and checkout lines freak me out, I start to hyperventilate a little, it’s not good. But, other than that I enjoy the holidays tremendously! Spending time with family and friends, good eats and good treats is what makes it special for me. Time is winding down fast, there are only a few more shopping days left before the big day. Hope your holiday season is bright and not quite as stressful.

On to Weather

Winter weather continues in the Pacific Northwest with heavy snow likely for the Cascades and the Olympics through Tuesday. 10″ to 14″ will be possible in the higher elevations with Avalanches also possible where heavy snow over the weekend has fallen on a weak snow pack. Other Headlines include the heavy weekend rains along the Gulf Coast States – Flash Flood Watches & Warnings continue there. An additional 1″ to 3″ of rain is possible in these areas through Tuesday.

Warnings

Arctic Air on the Move:

Take a look at the 850mb temperatures – 850mb resides at around 5000 ft. This gives a good indication of the atmospheric trends, where the cold air/warm air is headed. Note the blob of ‘modified’ Arctic air that is dipping into Minnesota by early Tuesday morning. Low temperatures will dip into the teens below zero with some spots across western Ontario in the twenties below zero. Those will be actual air temperatures early Tuesday with wind chill values in the 40’s and 50’s below zero – umm, yea – that’s cold! We are getting indications that this Arctic air will slide through the Great Lakes region and the northern New England states through the rest of the week and after that, there are no other big blasts of Arctic air penetrating the lower 48 through Christmas. It may cool down here or there, but no significant drops in temperatures are expected.

Arctic

That’s if for now – Keep it warm and toasty out there – talk to you again soon. Don’t forget to send weather photos to me: tnelson@weathernation.net – I’ll feature them here in the weather blog with a nice little shout out to you – how does that sound? Thanks for checking back in, see you again real soon!

Meteorologist Todd Nelson – WeatherNation LLC

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