Daily Archives: December 9, 2018

Time posted: 8:50 pm

Weekend Winter Storm Wrap Up

Good evening, folks. Sorry for the late update, but your friendly weatherdude had to squeeze in a little nap and do some grocery shopping. 🙂 I wanted to drop by to update where this pattern goes as we inch closer and closer to Christmas.

Our winter storm continues to push east but the upper level low is going to try and spin up one more round of light snow tonight and Monday morning across parts of the far southeast and far south central parts of the state…

That can spit out some light accumulations for some of the areas that got jumped by the snow earlier today. Here’s regional radar to track the action…

As temps drop well below freezing tonight, watch for slick spots to develop on area roads in the south and southeast. Many school systems have already called off for tomorrow, marking the 4th snow day already for some districts. 18 days of snow already this season and it’s only December 9th. There have been full winters that didn’t feature hat many days with some snow flying. 😉

A seasonal brand of cold is with us to start the week, with a big system lurking for the end of the week. Sandwiched in between is a sneaky little system that may try to bring rain and snow in here at some point Wednesday…

That’s the European Model and that action is on the leading edge of some milder air pushing in ahead of the big rain and wind maker late Thursday through Saturday. This comes via a monster upper level low that will likely spin overhead. This is a setup that has the potential to go from thunderstorms to snowflakes…

The overall pattern for the week ahead SHOULD be very mild, given the setup across North America. One way you know when you’re in for a good winter is when cold still finds a way to show up in these types of patterns, like what we are seeing on the above maps.

Things remain super active into the following week as mild air starts to get pushed around. Watch how the Ensembles go toward a deepening trough during this time…

See those higher heights starting to pop around Alaska toward the North Pole? That blocking then tries to really get established Christmas week. Look at that thumb ridge going up in those same areas in the days leading up to Christmas…

If you want the potential for a white Christmas, you want a hemispheric pattern similar to the one above.

Enjoy the rest of your evening and take care.

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