Posted at 6:29 AM on December 27, 2012
by Craig Edwards
Filed under: Winter 2012-13
Bet you didn't think there would be more snow on the ground in LIttle Rock, Ark., than the Twin Cities at this time of the year. Arkansas received a big dump of snow on Christmas night. The snow depth at Little Rock on Wednesday was 10 inches, while the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport reported a mere inch on the ground.
Fargo, ND has tallied only 13.1 inches of snow for the season, about five inches below normal to date.
This picture from Arkansas has the flavor of a Minnesota landscape in December.
Snow will develop in eastrern South Dakota today and spread east. A Winter Weather Advisory has been posted for the region from Sioux Falls, SD to Albert Lea and Mankato for later today and tonight.
NOAA's Prediction center has a small probability of snowfall reaching four inches by 7 a.m. CST Friday.
Looking to get out and enjoy some of the snow and perhaps a little ice fishing? Check out this web link to the Minnesota DNR.
More information on winter weather safety can be found at this website provided by NOAA.
The predicted high temperatures on Saturday are in the seasonal range, with winds around 10 mph.
For coffee shop small talk today; Fargo has an annual precipitation deficit approaching 8 inches for 2012. Indianapolis accumulated 7.5 inches of snow on Wednesday, while Central Park, NY recorded more than an inch and a half of rain.
Snowfall in the Twin Cities should be on the order of an inch or two in the next twenty-four hours. Looks to be good quality snow flakes in southern Minnesota later today and tonight.
It may not look like much on the weather map, but there is enough energy overhead to excite the clouds into producing a lovely snowfall. After dark, though, it may not be lovely on the highways.
Snow began falling in southwest Minnesota this morning and by mid-afternoon had accumulated a couple of inches. A Winter Weather Advisory for a snowfall of up to four inches is in effect for south central Minnesota through tonight.
The RAP model suggests that water equivalent will be on the order of a quarter inch in some spots in southern Minnesota. Taking into account the cold temperatures when computing the water to snow ratio, a quarter inch of moisture should translate to about four inches of snow.
Snowfall in the favored regions of Bayfield County, Wis., may also reach four inches later tonight.
Fresh snowfall, crisp temperatures and rather light winds should make for ideal outdoor winter recreation on the weekend. You'll find the deeper snow in central Wisconsin if you desire a thrilling spin on the snowmobile.
Maximum Temperatures for Sunday.
Radar captured the snow expanding in coverage over Minnesota this afternoon.
Accounting for the long duration of a steady snowfall, we can expect one to three inches of snow in the Twin Cities metro area by daybreak on Friday.