• Thu. Dec 7th, 2023

Crazy December Weather

Exciting day forecast for tomorrow.
Wonder what will actually happen. Earlier this week was the Quad-State Tornado.
Now, we have something coming towards Minnesota.
I would love for there to be a snow-nado but .. not yet.. The snow will probably melt before this thing hits tomorrow late afternoon, evening.

Here is the discussion from the NWS.

DISCUSSION…(This evening through Monday)
Issued at 441 PM CST Tue Dec 14 2021


1. Wind gusts in excess of 50 mph likely late tomorrow afternoon
into early Thursday morning.

2. Thunderstorms capable of damaging wind and a few tornadoes
possible tomorrow evening.

3. Falling temperatures behind the rain could lead to winter impacts
into Thursday morning.

A dynamic system will impact the Upper Midwest over the next 36
hours, leading to highly anomalous weather for mid-December. As a
trough deepens over the central Plains, a surface low will rapidly
deepen as it tracks from the southern plains, through Minnesota, and
eventually into Ontario. Ensemble guidance continues to suggest this
system is near unprecedented strength for mid-December, with a very
strong wind field developing & causing a variety of impacts as it
moves over the region.

TONIGHT: Increasing southeasterly flow in advance of the system will
allow for temperatures and dew point values to rise overnight. As
dewpoints rise above freezing, increasing snow melt will create a
saturated boundary layer and result in widespread advection fog into
Wednesday morning. The fog appears to be most dense across central
Minnesota and west-central Wisconsin, where visibility may drop below
0.5 miles.

will continue to warm through the day, with fog transitioning more
to drizzle as ascent from warm air advection increases. Southerly
winds will increase as well although gusts will generally remain
below 30-40 mph. Temperatures will warm to near record values, and
will likely shatter said records in areas where most of the snow
cover is able to melt by Wednesday afternoon. Temperatures in the
60s are possible across far-southern Minnesota and southeastern
Minnesota where the snowpack is expected to mostly melt and some
breaks in the cloud cover are expected. Farther north, temperatures
will depend on how much of the snowpack can melt through the day. It
looks unlikely that we will totally melt all of the snow from around
the I-94 corridor north, which will likely keep temperatures to the
upper 40s to low 50s. However, it is not out of the question that
temperatures could make a run at 60 degrees up into the Twin Cities
metro, something that has only happened a handful of times on record
at MSP.

system are expected to begin, first across southwest Minnesota
during the late afternoon and moving northeastwards through the
evening. Winds will strengthen even more as the surface low
approaches, with sustained winds around 30 mph and gusts in excess
of 50 mph developing through the evening. The strongest winds are
expected from south-central Minnesota into western Wisconsin, and
could potentially exceed 60 mph Wednesday night across southern
Minnesota as high-resolution models indicate a sting jet developing
near the core of the low pressure. A High Wind warning has been
issued where the greatest threat for damaging wind is expected,
generally from southern and eastern Minnesota into west-central
Wisconsin. farther to the northwest, lesser wind impacts are
expected but will still gust up to 30-40 mph, so a Wind Advisory has
been issued.

In addition to the background synoptic winds, a strongly forced and
fast moving line of showers and thunderstorms will develop around 5-
6 PM across southwest Minnesota/western Iowa, reach the Twin Cities
metro & I35 corridor by 7-8 PM, and exit into central Wisconsin by
10 PM. Instability will be very weak, on the order of 100-500 J/kg,
but it will not take much to generate damaging wind gusts in excess
of 60 or even 70 mph given the extreme background wind fields. A
tornado has never been reported in the month of December in
Minnesota, but we can not totally rule one out tomorrow evening as
low-level helicity and wind shear are both in off the charts
territory. With the amount of background “spin” already present in
the atmosphere, any storm that develops enough to generate lightning
will likely begin rotating. The chance for a tornado will be highly
conditional on whether any surface-based instability can develop,
which would likely mean all of the snowpack will first need to be
melted. As mentioned earlier, the chances for this occurring look
most likely across far-southern Minnesota, but given the anomalous
nature of this event, we`ll have to keep an eye on anything with
lightning Wednesday evening. Storms will be moving extremely fast,
likely 60-70 mph, so there will likely be little time to react and
take shelter once warnings are issued. Please have a way to monitor
the weather, and prepare for damaging wind Wednesday evening.

will continue into the overnight hours, with the chance for gusts in
excess of 50 mph eventually diminishing by 3-6 AM. After the potential
for severe weather earlier in the evening, winter hazards could
develop as temperatures fall through the night behind a cold front
As the line of showers and thunderstorms is exiting the area to the
east, a band of snow will develop across the eastern Dakotas and
northwest Minnesota. The heaviest snow with this band is expected to
remain northwest of Alexandria, but light snow amounts up to 1-2″
are expected along a and northwest of a line from Lac Qui Parle to
Todd county. The snow along with winds gusting in excess of 40 mph at
times could lead to some travel impacts during the night, especially
for anyone traveling farther northwest up I-94. Winter weather
headlines may need to be added if the band of snow appears to develop
more to the southeast. Farther to the east, no snow is expected, but
some slick spots on the roads could be possible overnight as
temperatures drop below freezing and roads could still be wet from
the earlier showers and thunderstorms.

We are finally expected to be hazard-free by Thursday morning, as
winds drop below 30 mph and any lingering precipitation exits the
area. it will be cold, however, as wind chills drop below freezing
across central Minnesota.


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