A Weekend of Snow, Coldest Air in Decades

By: Buckey2745 , 6:03 PM GMT on January 26, 2014

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Amazing what you miss when you're laid up from surgery for a couple days.

First, yesterday's snow, which was one of the most interesting squall-type events I have seen in a while. Overall we ended up with 3.5" of snow (taken from other spotters, I couldn't get off the couch to measure), but the high winds caused incredible drifting, and late afternoon squalls moved through bringing near whiteout conditions for 10-15 minutes at a time.

After the last snow squall moved through our temperatures began to plummet, from 30° yesterday afternoon to almost 5° early this morning.

Now back on the roller coaster as snow dumped on us again this morning, bringing what I believe to be yet another quick 3", but I'll hold off until I see spotter reports to make that official. Our temps are on the rise again and may actually make it above freezing right after sunset tonight. That's the point when the last round of our weekend snow will move in, bringing what I believe will be yet another 2" of snow and... the coldest air we have seen yet.

I'll put a little more detail in this forecast tomorrow, but expect to see temps as low as -15°, with wind chills easily in the -30° range.

UPDATE: Sunday, 5:00pm
The watches and warnings map is very colorful this evening, with the emphasis being on our extremely cold air on the way:


The wind chill warning goes in to affect at noon tomorrow, after the cold has rushed back in. But what you don't see on that map is a Winter Weather Advisory that is still in effect until tomorrow because of one last clipper system that'll bring us even more snow.

This latest round will bring the snow and bring the cold. Expect this warming trend to die off sometime after dark with gradual cooling until we see the onset of precip around 3am, and then the bottom falls out:


I'm sticking with 2" of snow overnight in to the morning rush, which will probably cause schools to delay... again.

Over a 48 hour period, from Saturday morning until Monday morning we could be looking at a total of 8.5" of snow. We had 3.5" Saturday, I'd say an additional 3" today, and 2" tonight.

I plan on starting a LiveBlog tomorrow since I'll have nothing better to do but sit in my house for a week. Prepare for a cold blast worse than earlier this month.

Season Stats:
Winter Weather Advisories- 8
Winter Storm Warnings- 1
Ice Storm Warnings- 0
Blizzard Warnings- 0
Freezing Rain Advisories- 0
Winter Storm Watches- 2
Wind Chill Advisories- 3
Wind Chill Warnings- 2
Blowing Snow Advisory- 0

Snowfall Totals:
November: 3" (Predicted: 3")
December: 8.05" (Predicted: 7")
January: 15.1" (Predicted: 5")
Season: 26.15"

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4. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
3:29 PM GMT on January 27, 2014
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3. TheHermit43130
12:33 PM GMT on January 27, 2014
It looks like most weather forecasting centers have revised their temp forecasts for tonight and tomorrow, increasing them by about 10 degrees again. Looks like we won't break the lows from earlier in the month.
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2. TheHermit43130
9:51 PM GMT on January 26, 2014
Here's to a speedy recovery.
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1. mapcat
6:22 PM GMT on January 26, 2014
I like the snow...but these temperatures are getting ridiculous. Wonder what the groundhog will say next week.

Hope your recovery goes well.
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