Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Winter To Finally Hit Parts Of Nation Over Next Few Days

There's been a notable lack of winter
storms like this one in the nation so far
this month. That's about to change 
Snow has been seriously lacking in the United States so far this late autumn.

Oh, sure there have been decent snows in the higher elevations in the Rockies and in the mountains of northern New England.

But by this late in November, the United States has usually seen a couple good, widespread snowstorms somewhere in the northern half of the nation.  Not this year.  It's been pretty much storm free for the past few weeks.

Until now. The weather pattern is finally changing. A blizzard watch is up for parts of the northeastern South Dakota, a bit of southeastern North Dakota and a little piece of western Minnesotal.

Winter storm watches are in effect for a broader in a band from Wyoming through much of Minnesota.  Much of western Colorado is also under a winter storm watch.

In the blizzard watch zone, six to 10 inches of snow could fall, with winds gusting to 50 mph. The region about to be hit by the winter storm had record high temperatures earlier this week, so the snowstorm and blizzard might come as a bit of a shock.

The storm that will likely cause the Dakotas/Minnesota snowstorm will move into Ontario toward the weekend, but a new storm will form somewhere near or over New England Saturday or Sunday.

That means rain is likely, which is good news because we could still use it in much of the Northeast. The drought is kinda lingering on.

The mild weather will come to an end in the Northeast, too with this weekend storm. By Sunday, temperatures will be crashing, and rain will change to snow, especially in the higher elevations.

I don't think there will be much snow with this, except in the mountains, which could pick  up a few inches. I think the lake effect snow machine will finally rev up along the shores of the Great Lakes, too.

Temperatures will be wintry in northern New England by early next week, so get ready for that.

There has been a dearth of storms across the nation in recent weeks, up until now, so the weather has been remarkably calm.

But this initial storm signals a pattern change. It's going to be much stormier than it has been in recent weeks over the nation, so various places are at risk for several more winter storms over the next few weeks.

It's hard, if not impossible to pin down exactly who will get hit by winter precipitation after this weekend, so stay tuned. Anyone in the northern half of the nation could be a target with this likely parade of wintry storms.

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