Weather Outlook for Week of December 10, 2017 – December 16, 2017
In the wake of the windy and cold conditions Saturday, expect a few seasonably chilly days. Yes that is right, not the word “seasonably”. So before you go posting on social media how cold and sick you are, ease up cupcake. This is normal for this time of year. Looking back at the historical record of temperatures and precipitation we are experiencing a normal weather trend for this time of year. Another fast moving weather system could bring a period of snow Sunday night into Monday, with minor accumulations possible for some areas. This will be followed by a return of cold and breezy conditions on Tuesday. Wind chills will be in the single digits and teens throughout the day. So as far as weather, we are in for cold but normal weather for this time of year. You can rush out and stock up on food stuffs but that is up to you. So as you are tempted to stock up on Hostess HoHos, and Reese’s Cups for fear that their will be a run a the grocery store in hopes that we will be ready for another weather anomaly, get right to it. Send those stock values of the manufactures of tasty treats right up through the roof. Oh, don’t forget the mild and break run too. Really, like you would consume such things, but it looks good in the cart and you can use Milk, bread and eggs to hide all the bad stuff you really went there for… right?!
Relatively quiet weather will be in store for much of the country
as a winter storm continues to pull away from the Northeast Sunday
morning. A quick moving and moisture starved upper level
disturbance will bring a chance of light snow showers to the
Northeast today/tonight but the greatest snowfall accumulations
will be east of lakes Erie and Ontario due to lake effect snow
where local totals up to a foot are forecast into Monday.
Heavy lake effect snow accumulations will also be possible across
the Michigan U.P. Monday night into Tuesday behind a quick moving
clipper system. This clipper is expected to drop into the
north-central U.S. tonight bringing light snow, 1 to 3 inches, to
northern Minnesota and Wisconsin by Monday afternoon.
Regarding temperatures, the East Coast will be 5-15 degrees below
average today with some moderation on Monday. Most of the Plains
will be 10 to 25 degrees above average today and Monday with
westerly to northwesterly downslope winds at the surface. Winds
will also be gusty at times, especially on Monday after the
passage of a cold front tied to the aforementioned clipper system.
These winds will also generate dry conditions leading to an
elevated risk for wildfires extending throughout parts of the
southern and central High Plains through Monday.
The greater risk of wildfires will be across California though,
where critical fire weather conditions will persist through at
least Monday given continued strong Santa Ana winds and low