Saturday, December 8, 2012

Blizzard warnings in effect for SD. Still trying to level out in the hoosier state.

Alright bloggers. We have been talking about a system developing over the 10th for the past two weeks now. Its getting closer and we finally have something to track. I knew this system was going to be a big one ever sense I first saw it developing on many different weather models. The only major change is this system has lifted a few hundred miles north and west, a little more then this kind of systems usually does. So instead of us seeing some snow on the back side of this storm, we will now stay all rain.
Above is a surface chart looking into Sunday morning around 7:am EST. You can see that low pressure just to the southwest of Indiana. That warm front will keep us in the green this time around. Heavy snow bands will be only a few short miles northwest of Indiana in areas of Minnesota and SD. They're expecting blizzard conditions in areas!
We have a slight chance of seeing a few snow showers mix in with the rain showers, however nothing definitive at this time. Still looking like a mainly rain event for us.
Take a look at the National weather service map below showing all the areas just northwest of us in the blizzard warnings, winter weather watches, advisories, ETC.
We could've picked up a good 2" to 4" inches of snowfall from this system had it not lifted a few hundred miles north and west. You have no idea how much that burns me lol. I love snow and have yet to see that first inch this season!
Aberdeen, South Dakota, seems to be the bulls eye this time around. Take a look.
Message From The National Weather Service
"A potent winter storm will develop across the region this weekend. Heavy snow will lift across eastern South Dakota today, followed by lighter snow but increasing winds late Saturday night. By early Sunday morning, widespread blizzard conditions are expected across the northern tier of the state. Snow accumulation will range from an inch or two in central South Dakota to over 7 inches for the Sisseton hills."
That's right, areas in and around Aberdeen, could very well see winds gusting to 40+ mph at times with anywhere between 5" and 7" inches of snowfall. Oh how I'd love to be up there right now haha :)
Here's our weather break down below.
TONIGHT- look for mostly cloudy skies across the area with a few scattered showers likely. Rainfall tonight between .10" and .25" inches. Winds light between 10 and 15 mph. Low around 35* degrees.
SUNDAY- we will see rain showers across the area with a high around 54* degrees. Rainfall between .25" and .50" inches possible. Winds will be between 15 and 20 mph gusting to 25 mph at times. A high Monday around 54* degrees with a low that night around 30* degrees.
MONDAY- we will start out the day with cloudy skies and a few lingering rain / snow mix showers possible. Skies will try to clear as the day continues becoming partly cloudy. A high around 34* degrees and falling, followed by a low that night COLD around 19* degrees.
Above is a chart looking at our average high for the month of December. You can see we will try to get close to that number over the next few days. However I do see us slightly above average once again as we head into the middle of next week. 40s return. We have another system we will track as we move closer to the 15th and 16th. It's unclear what type of precipitation will come of it at this time. However I will keep you posted. I'm hoping we will level out soon weather - wise. We need some real December weather!
Take care bloggers. God Bless.

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