First of all, Happy Hanukkah to those of you who are celebrating the holiday!
Look for clouds and winds to increase as we go through the day. Afternoon winds could gust to 15-20 mph. The day should be dry.
Tonight, we should see some showers develop. Those will be with us through Monday. Precip amounts will be light, at or under 1/4 inch. The bulk of your Monday will likely just be cloudy.
Then, rain chances increase Monday night. We should all get a good soaking between Monday night and Tuesday (1-2″). The arctic front will move through during the morning Tuesday (as it looks right now). That will lead to falling temps during the day. Rain will likely continue for most of the day. As the colder air moves in we could see some of the rain transition to snow. Right now, this doesn’t look like a big deal, but I’ll keep an eye on it.
We’re in a pattern this week that we see quite often around here in the winter. It’s one that can give us wintry precip, but usually not anything significant. We have round one Tuesday night. This is when the cold air rushes in and maybe meets up with moisture moving out. More often than not, the moisture gets out of here before we accumulate more than a dusting.
The next chance is with an incoming system Thursday night. This will be a matter of whether or not the cold air has fully retreated before some moisture moves in. This can lead to a light wintry mix for us, before it all changes to all rain. Again, this is rarely significant for us but it can create travel probs if that light wintry mix contains any freezing rain. I’ll keep an eye on that too.
As of now, I don’t foresee any major winter storms, just two chances of light wintry precip coming Tuesday night and again Thursday night/Friday morning. As always, I’ll keep an eye on it and you’ll be the first to know if I foresee any major problems!
And now, for your Sunday Story!
A fall to Remember
The fall season has been one for the records for much of the nation. Some records that have stood for decades have been shattered this season.
Earlier in the fall, parts of the northern plains broke records for low temperatures. That cold spread east and southward, breaking even more records.
A system barreling up the East Coast in October set record low pressure readings for many New England cities. That storm brought flooding rains and damaging winds to coastal communities.
A cold snap in the middle of November shattered records that were more than 100 years old across the central US. That arctic air even sent temperatures plummeting to the teens for those of us here on the plateau.
Lately, record November snowfall has affected parts of northern Colorado. While they are accustomed to some snowfall, residents found themselves unable to navigate snow depths that exceeded a foot in many places.
Then, at the end of November, a storm roared onto the shores of Oregon that rivaled low-end hurricanes. This was unprecedented for that area. The storm brought wind gusts to over 100 mph and mountain snowfall that was measured in feet.
Several cities across the plains reported their snowiest Thanksgiving on record. That certainly didn’t help those traveling to relatives houses for the holiday.
The fall season has spared the plateau much severe weather, and the cold snaps have been bitter but short-lived. The best thing for us is that it started raining again this fall. Remember how dry it was back at the beginning of the season?
Meteorological winter began December 1st. After a wild fall for the nation, it will be interesting to see what winter holds. Winters for the plateau are always interesting. We could be warm, cold, stormy, or snowy. You just never know what you’re going to get in this interesting season!