The period since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico has been one of fairly impressive calm. We are breaking that streak this week, however. Indeed, the next 4 days or so are going to be a real whirlwind for weather aficionados.
The first stories are currently ongoing. I mentioned the prolific snowfall in western New York a couple days ago, only to be proven wrong. The fetch turned out to be more northerly than I had appreciated, and the lion’s share of snow fall ended up in Erie, Pennsylvania, where they are enjoying record accumulations in the neighborhood of 5 feet.
Behind that small wave moving through the eastern Great Lakes is the first push of extraordinarily cold air into the Plains. International Falls, along the Canadian border in Minnesota saw record low temperatures. Again, that’s northern Minnesota in December setting a record, so you know it was cold. -37, to be exact. Those cold temperatures, including subzero lows, plunged as far south as northern Kansas.
A clipper moving through the center of the country will dust the Midwest with snow, but will drag even colder air to the Plains. Earlier today, it looked like there was a threat for a significant winter storm along the Eastern Seaboard, potentially affecting the Ball Drop at Times Square, but instead, we have seen the threat shift offshore. Rather than coastal snow, we will see more bracing, savage cold in the center of the country. In fact, it will be colder in some places this weekend than it is right now.
These are the lows, showing sub zero in New England most of the Northern Plains in the morning on New Years Eve. Where it is the palest lavender, the high temperatures aren’t likely to get close to 0 at all over the weekend.
It’s going to be cold and snowy as December and 2018 wind to a close, a couple more big stories in a year full of weather adventures.