Projected Snow Amounts for Tonight & Outlook to December 21

December 10th, 2012 at 3:13 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Some snow showers have been passing just southeast of here today with a few patchy flurries/light snow showers in our area.  Upper disturbance will pivot through this afternoon-tonight with some scattered snow showers & flurries across the area.  Some of you may have the grass whitened with less than 1″ of accumulation.

This will be followed by partial clearing in places & a sky turning gradually mostly sunny tomorrow.

The week looks largely dry with a warming trend, but subtropical jet will get active with a deep storm roaring southward out of the Gulf of Alaska, into California.  This will bring cold rain showers, low snow levels & thunder with small hail into southern California with highs in the 50s.

This storm, which will become embedded in the subtropical jet, will get tossed into the Plains & Midwest, bringing us a wave of rain Saturday.

After this, a split flow regime will resume, but there are indications of our weekend system & an Alberta Clipper merging, forming a Nor’Easter with rain & snow in the Northeast U.S.  Meanwhile, another cold-core, rainy, chilly system (with low snow levels & even some t’storms with small hail) will deepn off the coast of southern California.  Although we will be in split-flow regime, some of the cooler air from that Nor’Easter may keep it a bit cooler than otherwise in our area.

As we look out to late next week, it appears another substantial storm will impact southern California, while the Nor’Easter exits the Northeast.  Meanwhile, former California storm will eject into the Plains & Upper Midwest with snow there, but rain here (we look to be on the warmer side of it).


20 Responses to “Projected Snow Amounts for Tonight & Outlook to December 21”

  1. Bill in Cville says:

    Chad, I love what the GFS long ranger is showing for Christmas Eve, I know it’s just teasing me, but that run has a major winter storm for much of the state!!!! That is on my my Christmas list, help me out Santa Chad!!!!

  2. Crista says:

    Tell me more!!!!! That made me ery happy, Bill!

  3. cheryl says:

    Chad is there any chance of a white christmas here for the lafayette area?

    Thats my christmas wish!!

  4. Doug in Flora says:

    No flurries or otherwise here – I watched all day. Sigh… :-(

  5. Josh says:

    I really appreciate all the insight on here. I have learned so much about the weather from everyone’s post on here

  6. Crista says:

    I agree Josh. I learn a lot about the forecast from the folks on this blog. Plus everyone is generally very friendly.

  7. Teri says:

    Maybe a little snow for Chirstmas would be okay..just not too much:)

  8. gail says:

    Will we have a white christmas?

  9. mark says:

    I hope your right Bill. I’d love to have the snowmobiles out on Christmas with the kids!

  10. Ron B says:

    @ Teri, maybe for Christmas, then it can go away :)

  11. Teri says:

    I agree Ron B!

  12. Bill in Cville says:

    The new model run’s on the gfs now has some snow on the 23rd, and then a stronger system on the 26th. It will be interesting to watch. Long range gfs is VERY unpredictable but does let you know something is out there brewing!!!

  13. beth says:

    Oh a Christmas Eve storm would be wonderful!!!! Maybe we’ll have a white Christmas after all!

  14. Chris in Tipton says:

    The GFS frustrates me more than it encourages me. We need that BLOCKING HIGH to form near Greenland…….

  15. Josh says:

    What u talking about Chris?

  16. ch n ffort says:

    @ josh that is about our only hope for snow around here…hey chad…when was our first snow last year? I can’t remember.

  17. Josh says:

    Thanks ch. jw

  18. Carol says:

    This is the best part about this blog ( among many good things). That is, the long LONG range thoughts and insights. And the added input from you out there who contribute. Thanks to Chad and to the unofficial team out there!

  19. Ryan H says:

    Euro model holding steady for good storm around here Monday-Tuesday ish. Keeping fingers crossed.

  20. cheryl says:

    I would love to have some snow on Christmas! Hope it happens!!

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