Watching for another shot at some snow

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Main Threats

Friday night/Saturday morning: threat of wintry precipitation causing travel issues.

Summary

Today will be another nice day, with partly cloudy skies and highs in the mid 50s. You just can’t beat this kind of weather in December!

Tonight, the clouds thicken and our next rain maker moves in. Expect rain to be falling by sunrise and that rain will stay with us right into Friday. As colder air moves in behind the system, the rain should change to snow. It looks like that change may come sometime Friday afternoon. That light snow/snow showers will then hang around through the evening, tapering off by Saturday morning.

At this time, it looks like some light accumulations are possible across the plateau. I’d look for amounts of around an inch or so. I’ll keep you posted on that but that’s how things are looking right now. That, of course, is enough to cause some slick spots Friday night and Saturday morning, so be careful if you’re out and about.

Records

A strong cold front moved across Tennessee on this day in 1924 and sent temps plummeting. The high in Nashville this day was a very pleasant 67 degrees. The cold front swept through that evening and by midnight the temperature had dropped to 17 degrees in the city. Yikes! That’s a shock to the system!

This same cold front actually led to a record low temperature for the month of December for the nation. It was on this day that the Riverside Ranger Station in Yellowstone Park, Wyoming reported a low temperature of 59 degrees BELOW zero! Folks, that’s cold no matter who you are!

On this day in 1967 the city of Flagstaff, Arizona recorded a whopping 83 inches of snow on the ground. The snow was reported to have had a very negative impact on life in reservations in the area. I looked up some data on Flagstaff and was surprised to find that they are one of America’s snowiest cities, recording 100 inches of snow a year on average. Who knew?

Almanac

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Sunrise: 6:46

Sunset: 4:29

Day Length: 9 hrs 43 mins 08 secs

Tomorrow’s Day Length: 9 hrs 43 mins 05 secs

One year ago today

This time last year we had a morning low of 40 degrees that warmed to an afternoon high of 61 degrees! That’s not too bad, but there was precipitation. About a quarter of an inch of rain fell. Most of the day was cloudy, with light rain moving in around 4:00 in the afternoon. Winds were light from the south all day, likely helping push that temperature up to 61 degrees.

News

Yesterday, the area around Seattle, Washington had quite the sight! A tornado touched down just west of the city, in the town of Port Orchard. Residents were sent scrambling at this very unfamiliar site. The damage is actually quite impressive. The NWS will be out doing damage surveys today to determine the rating. This may end up being one of the strongest tornadoes to ever hit this part of the country.

The NWS Seattle reported that, on average, the state of Washington sees 2-3 tornadoes a year, with December tornadoes being especially rare. The last tornado to hit the state was last year, when an EF-0 struck Monroe, Washington. I think some of the tornadoes in this area are actually waterspouts that come ashore and are classified as tornadoes. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a significant tornado in this part of the country.

The pics below are of some of the damage from the tornado. I think one thing is for sure, this one was stronger than an EF-0!

 

Christmas Forecast

The Christmas forecast continues to look very unwhite. There are indications that the day may not be as nice as it looked like it would be yesterday. There may be more clouds around and maybe even some showers. I’ll keep an eye on it!

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