Blizzard Recap & Next Week’s Arctic Blast

What an amazing week of weather. The blizzard on Tuesday night will stay in all of our memories forever. I said on 12 news at 6 on Tuesday before the storm, that kids will remember this one forever. I’m sure we all have those memories from childhood. For me, growing up in St. Louis, it was January of 1982. We had a storm that brough 14 inches of snow. I was 12 years old and remember being awed by the storm. I was off of school for an entire week. St. Louis does not do nearly as good of a job as the crews do around here. I remember having to shovel trails in the backyard so my dog could walk around. That storm is another reason I do what I do now. I was fascinated about how that much snow could fall.

I want to share a few more pictures from our weather watch 12 facebook page and on ulocal. First, make sure you click on the link below. It is a great time-lapse from Kenosha. A big thank you to “Cheesehead Dave.”

http://ulocal.wisn.com/_Snowdrift-Time-Lapse/video/1516110/63262.html

This is another Kenosha picture. Thank you to Mary Jo.

This one is from Steve in Racine.

This is one of my favorites. Kevin from Racine is 5′ 9″ tall. I think it is safe to say the drift is the same.

So where do we stand for the season in snowfall. A huge storm like we had changed everything. From below average to well above. Take a look at the graphics from the National Weather Service in Sullivan. A big thank you to them.

Notice how we were behind the average all season until this week. We are now a foot above average and our current snow depth is 17″.

Now, on to the arctic plunge of next week. Get ready for the coldest air of the season. Here is a quick look at the two meter temperatures forecast by the GFS next Wednesday and Friday mornings.

We have a good chance of going double-digit below zero and also having a tough time getting above zero for a high on Thursday. This will truly be an arctic air mass. In the meantime, enjoy the warmer weekend and GO PACK GO!

Mark

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10 Responses

  1. Is that a tiny area of -50 degree temps just north of Lake Superior in the second graph?

    • -48 degrees. Nice and toasty.
      Mark

      • I’m hoping for a “cold day” (snowday) or two next week… think that’s likely? 🙂

      • Dan,

        It certainly is possible late next week.

        Mark

  2. Hi Mark,

    Just out of curiosity, when was the last time we saw an arctic air mass like this that gave us double-digit below zero readings? Brrrrr!!

    • Jan,

      January 10,11, 2009. -10 and -12 degrees.

      Mark

      • Thank you! And hopefully it’ll be another 2 years before we see temps that cold again! 🙂

  3. Looks like I timed my trip to Denver perfectly! 45 will feel tropical compared to -10.

  4. I wonder if there is any truth to these models depicting a torch in the long term or if it is just another example of how unreliable they can be beyond 7 days. Low to mid 40s for a whole week starting the Sunday after the deep freeze.

    • Daniel,

      I would say anytime after Valentine’s Day to about the 20th we could see a nice warm-up. The big question is how warm since we have a very deep snowpack now.

      Jeremy

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