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The Wolf Moon, Ice Storm Impacts the Midwest

27 Jan 2013, 12:02 pm

The Wolf Moon

Last night was the first full moon of the year.  It’s often called the wolf moon. According to Wikipedia, “…this name was chosen because they heard hungry wolf packs howling outside the villages.”

Many areas, especially in the Eastern US, enjoyed clear skies last night.  Here are just a few of my favorite shots from our Facebook fans.  Thanks for sharing!

David Blood in Nashville, TN of the Wolf Moon

David Blood in Nashville, TN of the rising sun on Saturday before the Wolf Moon


Patty Ingalls in Rogersville, MO

Jason Asselin in Ironwood, MI

The next full moon will be Monday, February 25th.  That moon is known as the Full Snow Moon.  According to the Farmer’s Almanac, “Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called February’s full Moon the Full Snow Moon. Some tribes also referred to this Moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very difficult.”

Midwest Ice Storm

An impressive system moves into the Midwest today generating sleet, snow, rain, and freezing rain.

Radar imagery from this morning:

Areas to the north of the white line are below freezing at the surface and when the moisture crosses that line, it is changing over to a mix of sleet and freezing rain. That is indicated by the pink on the radar (green is rain, blue is snow).

The messiest weather will likely be in eastern Iowa, Southern WI, and Northern Illinois.

Potential for Ice Accumulation:

It doesn’t take much ice at all to make for very dangerous road conditions. A few inches of snow expected to pile on top of that from Central Minnesota, through Wisconsin, to Michigan.

Mild air streams into the region today and temperatures will be warmer than they have been all week.  Another cold blast of arctic air invades the region this week and that means a huge variation in temperatures for the next several days.  Check out the roller coaster ride in Chicago:

Thunderstorms likely Tuesday followed by a chance of snow on Wednesday!

Your Sunday Forecast:

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Gretchen Mishek

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