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Weather Wayback: The first taste of winter

Back in November, winter seemed a long way off, with a languid start to the season. The first taste we had of it at Victoria-Weather was with Anthony’s forecast for Idaho Falls, where the first real winter system was getting itself organized. There were a few flurries that developed in eastern Idaho and managed to spread east into the Plains. There was only a dusting early on Thursday the 17th, but the high temperatures both on Thursday and Friday demonstrated that real winter was still a couple of weeks off. Anthony’s forecast was indeed the best of the bunch. How are we doing since then this winter?
Actuals: Thursday, November 17th: Trace of snow, High 41, Low 18
Friday – High 40, Low 15

Grade: B-C

Idaho Falls, Idaho to Little Rock, Arkansas

We’re off to Little Rock on a three day trek through some stretches of land that are a bit less traveled. Our drive will cover only 1549 miles, and will last 3 days, but those days will be driven at a pace of 69.1mph, or 552.8mph. OK, yeah, that’s pretty good. Day three will be shorter, which is good, because there might actually be traffic there.

DAY ONE (Saturday)

A broad upper level trough the western part of the country is going to be bringing some moisture to the Rockies, but as it does so, it will be dissipating rather swiftly. Moisture won’t be able to move east beyond the peaks of the Rockies. Fortunately, we will be able to do so. We will see some flurries around Idaho Falls as we leave, and it will be a possibility until we hit Bondurant in Wyoming, on the eastern slope of the Yellowstone mountains. Wyoming will then otherwise remain dry, with some unusually high clouds for this time of year. We’ll make it south of Fort Collins to the town of Johnstown on Saturday night. Lee troughing will be coming to Colorado overnight, with low pressure emerging around Colorado Springs overnight. What will this mean for Sunday and Monday?

DAY TWO (Sunday)
That low developing in southeast Colorado will really take off overnight, and will do a good job of pulling in cool crisp air into the Plains. We’ll cover easter Colorado and most of Kansas under sunny skies with a bit of a chill to the air. We’ll stop for the day in Wichita, where they will be drying out after a bit of early rain.

DAY THREE (Monday)
That dry air will filter into the Ozarks and on to central Arkansas as the low shifts further to the east. There is always a bit of haze in the Ozarks, so as we pass Fort Smith, there may be a bit of visibility restriction, but the rest of the drive to the state capital will be just fine. We’ll arrive in Little Rock with nary a concern.

Peoria, IL to Idaho Falls, ID

Today we embark on a trip through the Nations Heartland into the scenic Rocky Mountains. 1,402 miles separate Peoria, IL and Idaho Falls, ID, which will take us 3 days to traverse. Will we get caught up in some system, since November likes to be a tumultuous time as the seasons change. Let’s see what happens for our trip!

Peoria

DAY ONE

An area of low pressure continues to develop over the Central Plains, ahead of a system pushing through the Central Rockies. Increasing southerly winds will cause conditions to be kinda breezy throughout the morning as we head out of Peoria to the Quad Cities and continue westward on I-80 through Iowa. Winds will quell a bit as we push through Omaha as we pass by the main center of low pressure and push through the cold front. Dry conditions are expected all day but temperatures will start to fall as we end our day in Grand Island, NE.

DAY TWO

Low pressure intensified overnight and moved through the area, making for some very gusty northerly winds when we wake up as well as a mix of some rain/snow showers. Accumulating snow is found in western Nebraska while maybe just a light dusting on grassy surfaces happened in the Grand Island area. We shouldn’t have too many issues as we continue westward on I-80 for the entire day as anything should be cleared off the interstate by the time we get there. Winds will settle down as we continue into Wyoming and fairly benign conditions are expected as we finish the day in Rawlins, WY.

DAY THREE

High pressure moving overhead will make for a fairly chilly but sunny start to the day as we continue along I-80 to Rock Springs and then start heading northwest through the mountains. We won’t quite make it far enough north to see Yellowstone, but will cruise on by Grand Teton National Park as we push into Idaho and eventually to our destination of Idaho Falls!

Idaho Falls

Idaho Falls, Idaho

While we’re still waiting for winter to make SOME appearance here in the Upper Midwest (thankfully we only have to wait 1-2 more days until we get it), let’s go take a look at a place where it’s already made its’ presence felt, Idaho!

At 735pm MST, the temperature in Idaho Falls, ID was 34 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. A broad, low pressure system is snaking its way through the Rockies bringing decent mountain snows to Wyoming and Utah. This is the system that will eventually eject into the Plains and give our neck of the woods our first big snowstorm of the season. It’s keeping a few lingering snow showers in the region, but will continue to dissipate as the storm system departs the area. High pressure will be settling in over the area as we push through Thursday, causing the clouds over the area to slowly break up through the afternoon and evening hours. Temperatures will take a noticable dip into the mid-teens for Friday morning, but bright sunshine for the day will cause them to rebound to around 40. Overall, not too shabby for the end of the workweek!

Thursday: Early morning snow showers, then mostly cloudy in afternoon. High 40, Low 21.
Friday: Mostly sunny. High 38, Low 15.

TWC: Thursday: Light snow shower possible early morning, then partly sunny in afternoon. High 40, Low 22.
Friday: Mostly sunny. High 41, Low 17.

AW: Thursday: Mostly cloudy, a morning rain/snow shower. High 42, Low 22.
Friday: Some sun, then turning cloudy. High 42, Low 17.

NWS: Thursday: Slight chance of morning snow showers, then partly sunny. High 38, Low 22.
Friday: Sunny. High 40, Low 18.

WB: Thursday: Partly sunny. High 40, Low 23.
Friday: Mostly sunny. High 41, Low 20.

WN: Thursday: Partly cloudy with slight chance of light snow showers. High 37, Low 25.
Friday: Mostly sunny. High 39, Low 18.

FIO: Thursday: Light snow early morning, then becoming less cloudy in afternoon. High 42, Low 25.
Friday: Partly cloudy in afternoon. High 40, Low 17.

Here we see bands of snow showers lingering in the valley area around the region. These will continue to slowly dissipate throughout the early morning hours, eventually giving way to a pleasant albeit chilly start to the weekend.

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Idaho Falls, Idaho to Fargo, North Dakota

This is quite the remote trip, isn’t it? The drive from eastern Idaho to eastern North Dakota will cover a lot of eastern Montana and all of North Dakota, covering 964 miles and lasting a little longer than a day and a half. The course through the remotest part of the lower 48 will allow us a swift pace of 69.2mph. That means day one will consist of a 553 mile drive. Let’s get it started, then!

DAY ONE (Saturday)
Idaho Falls
Despite the climactic tumult found out east this weekend, it will be pretty quiet in the northern High Plains. A shortwave crashing into the coast over the Pacific Northwest will be chasing us for much of the day, but we should stay ahead of the wet weather for the day. It will be unusually warm, with temperatures near freezing throughout most of our drive, which will end at exit 192 off of I-94 in rural eastern Montana. It’s the best I can do.

DAY TWO (Sunday)
The system will really dry up overnight as it tries to get into the Dakotas. We will once again keep our distance between ourselves the precipitation. By the end of the day, it will snow in western North Dakota, but that will be long after we have passed through the region. Instead, we will end the trip in Fargo in unseasonably warm conditions, though with a chance for some snow coming Monday. At least the drive was nice.
Fargo

Palm Coast, Florida to Idaho Falls, Idaho

We’re packing up for an extended trip from the Atlantic coast of Florida to the eastern part of Idaho. Surely, the landscape will be ever changing as we make our way to the northwest, but how will the weather respond? It’s going to be a 4 day trip, and that last day is going to be a doozy. It’s 2354 miles over the road to cover the ground between the two towns. The first three days should be over after 538 miles, leaving about 740 miles for Monday with the Trucks.

DAY ONE (Friday)
Palm Coast
It won’t be raining as we depart Palm Coast on Friday morning, but it will be very ominous just off to our west. The system forecast to bring multiple feet of snow to the mid-Atlantic will be dangling a cold front through Georgia just as we head north into the Peach State. Depending on how well formed the boundary is by midday, we could see scattered thunderstorms or an active squall line. I’m leaning more towards a coalescing line, with a leading downdraft to rattle the car as we drive into the initial headwind. I would guess we would hit the leading edge somewhere around Adel or Tifton in southern Georgia, but to be safe, I would say there is a chance for strong thunderstorms anywhere from Lake City, Florida to Macon. The incredible part of the system is how much cold air will be dragged into it. There will be a bit of dry air between Macon and Atlanta, but then, it will start precipitating again. From he north side of Atlanta to Guild, Tennessee, jist to the west of Chattanooga, don’t be surprised to see mixed precipitation changing to snow. This is kind of a strange thing on day one, leaving from Florida. Expect roads to be a full on nightmare.

DAY TWO (Saturday)
The further North we had on Saturday, the further we get from the heaviest precipitation. There will be a few flurries lingering through night until we leave Guild on Saturday morning. Light snow will probably tie up the roads as we continue through Tennessee, wrapping up by the time we end up in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Of course, the further away from the heavy snow we get, the more capable of dealing with the snow locals are. After Hopkinsville, it should be dry through southern Illinois and St. Louis. The day will end in Columbia, Missouri, at the leading edge of an unusually warm ridge of high pressure.

DAY THREE (Sunday)
This will be fine. It’s a quick little jaunt through Missouri and up to Nebraska. The Cornhusker State will be well above freezing and mostly sunny. We’ll make it most of the way across the state to Maxwell before calling it a day. An area of low pressure will be formingin the lee of the Rockies just as we arrive in Maxwel, inspiring a change in flow and bringing a bit of a chill to the air.

DAY FOUR (Monday)
The lee trough will move swiftly through the Plains, and by the time we get up, there will just be some light snow throughout the plains of the Nebraska Panhandle. Not a huge issue, and one that won’t last very long. In Wyoming, if we are in the low elevations, there won’t be any concerns. On the other hand, I-80 through Wyoming is fairly undulating. The mountain passes may be a little snowy. After we get off of I-80, it should quiet down a bit, which is good news. Passing south of Yellowstone to Idaho Falls, it will be crisp, but dry. A nice change from the snow in Georgia, for heaven’s sake.
Idaho Falls

Idaho Falls, Idaho to Greeley, Colorado

Apologies… on the Schedule Map earlier this week, I confused Idaho Falls with Twin Falls and put the dot in the wrong spot. It’s in the southeastern part of the state, northeast of Pocatello. Sorry, Idaho Falls!
Now, our trip. It’s only going to take a day though it will be a long day. We will cover 601 miles at a pace of about 65mph. That’s about it! Let’s set out for Greeley.


There really isn’t much synoptically on the docket between Idaho Falls and Greeley, with some upslope and high pressure expected along the front range. There will be an active monsoonal pattern, however, though that won’t take hold until well after we have made the trek through higher elevations of western and central Wyoming. There is a chance for a rogue shower after we reach Cheyenne, and then from there through Fort Collins to Greeley, but I wouldn’t be too concerned with it. Instead, enjoy your view of those Rocky Mountains!