Yesterday it rained here, again. Now we’ve got a new “winter storm warning” for much of the USA along with yet more snow on the way. It’s not warm yet. Will spring come someday? Someday soon? Please?…
Spring-Buster: Cold Front to Send Temperatures Plunging in Midwest, East After Late-Week Warmup
Published: April 12, 2018
It may be a while before you can put your jacket away for the season. The much-anticipated warmup for the second half of this week will exit as quickly as it arrives, with much colder temperatures returning to the Plains this weekend and spreading toward the East Coast by early next week.
Spring-Busting Cold Returns
The stubborn upper-level trough, or southward dip in the jet stream, that has dominated the central and eastern states since March will return and send temperatures back below average in many areas by this weekend.
A surface cold front and an upper-level trough will cause temperatures to plunge once again in the Midwest and East by early next week.
At the surface, a cold front, associated with a potent spring storm in the nation’s midsection late this week, will slide eastward and drag a chilly air mass – by April standards – along with it.
(MORE: Winter Storm Xanto Forecast | Severe Weather Forecast)
The northern Plains will be shivering as early as Friday, with the colder air spreading into the central Plains and upper Midwest by Saturday. That air mass will remain over those regions Sunday while also spilling into much of the Mississippi Valley and parts of the mid-South.
Temperatures could be as much as 20 to 30 degrees below mid-April averages from the northern and central Plains to the mid-Mississippi Valley, translating to highs only in the 20s and 30s with lows in the teens.
In addition, a backdoor cold front – a cold front that moves south or southwest along the Northeast Seaboard and eastern Great Lakes – will drag an initial shot of cooler air into the Northeast and mid-Atlantic this weekend before that main chilly air mass arrives Monday.
Winter Storm Xanto to Bring Heavy Snow, Some Ice From the Northern Plains to the Great Lakes; Blizzard Warnings Issued
Published: April 12, 2018
Xanto? What the heck is a Xanto? /sarc;
Winter Storm Xanto (pronounced ZAN-toe) will bring blizzard conditions to parts of the northern Plains, then spread a swath of heavy snow, even ice, into the Upper Midwest and northern New England into early next week.
Blizzard warnings have already been issued by the National Weather Service in parts of western and central South Dakota, much of central and western Nebraska, northeastern Colorado and northwestern Kansas. Communities in this warning can expect impossible driving conditions including whiteout conditions and gusty winds. Cities in this warning include Pierre, South Dakota and Valentine and North Platte, Nebraska.
Winter storm warnings extend from parts of Washington state to the Dakotas. Difficult driving conditions can be effected in these warnings, including periods of blowing and drifting snow, gusty winds and downed tree limbs through Friday.
Winter storm watches extend into the Upper Midwest, including the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro and parts of northern Michigan. Communities in this watch may see difficult driving conditions including periods of blowing and drifting snow, gusty winds and downed tree limbs Friday night into Saturday.
So winter in April. Blizzards in Springtime. Yeah, global warming must be the cause for so much cold… /sarc;
But I’m sure it’s just some local little weather odd thing…. NOT!
Timing the Snow
Snow will expand eastward into the northern Rockies and northern Plains while continuing in the Cascades and far northern Sierra.
Thursday night, a band of snow is expected to reach eastward into the Upper Midwest potentially as far east as central Minnesota and northern Michigan. Moderate to occasionally heavy snow will persist in the northern and central Rockies and in the northern Plains.
Blizzard conditions may develop as soon as Thursday night from northeastern Wyoming into western South Dakota.
Winds will be very gusty across the entire western half of the country, with the highest wind gusts expected from Wyoming and eastern Montana southward into the Four Corners region. Some gusts could exceed 60 mph well south of where snow is expected. Sustained winds will likely be in the 30-40 mph range during much of the day.
Xanto will bring snow and strong winds to parts of the northern and central Rockies into the Dakotas, western and central Nebraska, northern Minnesota, far northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Blizzard conditions are possible in western South Dakota, western Nebraska, and northeastern Colorado. Near-blizzard conditions are possible in eastern Wyoming.
Precipitation will transition from rain to snow during the day from west to east across southeastern South Dakota, Nebraska and northern Kansas.
Snow will be heavy and wet and could be hazardous to shovel even without considering winds.
Friday night, snow will be heaviest from Nebraska and central and eastern South Dakota eastward into central Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and northern Michigan. A band of snow or a mix will extend eastward from southern Minnesota through the central Great Lakes.
Minor accumulations of ice are possible from southern Minnesota eastward to northern and central Wisconsin and northern Michigan late Friday into Friday night.
Snow, heavy at times, accompanied by strong winds will continue from eastern South Dakota and eastern Nebraska into parts of the upper Mississippi Valley and the northern Great Lakes.
A mix of rain-and-snow is likely somewhere in the central Great Lakes with rain for much of the Ohio Valley and southern Great Lakes.
Some freezing rain is likely to bring accumulations of ice to parts of southern Minnesota, central or southern Wisconsin and central Michigan.
A band of sleet, freezing rain, or snow will also spread into parts of central and upstate New York and northern New England.
Other than everything from the Pacific Cascades to New York, nothing much. You folks in Texas and Florida don’t need to worry about this one…
How Much Snow?
Snowfall amounts will likely push a foot in the Cascades, Washington’s Olympic Mountains, and the higher peaks of the northern Rockies.
Parts of South Dakota and Nebraska are also expected to pick up over a foot of snow.
While amounts in other parts of the High Plains may not reach a foot, the combination of snow plus high winds will lead to dangerous whiteout conditions, at times. The weight of snow coupled with high winds may lead to some tree damage and power outages, as well.
Upper Midwest, Northeast
At least 6 inches of new snow is likely across a swath of western and central Minnesota into northern Wisconsin and northern Michigan. This could include the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area.
Parts of this zone may see over a foot of snow, particularly from northeast Wisconsin into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Michigan.
At least some accumulating snow is expected as far south as northern Kansas, Iowa, and southern Wisconsin.
Accumulating snow is also expected from the Appalachians to parts of western, central and northern upstate New York and northern New England. Some of the higher peaks of the Adirondacks and northern New England could pick up over 6 inches of snow through early next week.
Welcome to Spring… make sure your snow shoes are warmed indoors and you have your cooking and warming gear cleaned up and in good working order. Don’t take your snow tires off the car just yet.
But Wait! There’s More!
Not typically something you see often in mid-April, accumulating ice, mainly in trees, powerlines, and other elevated surfaces, is possible from parts of Wisconsin to Maine.
Some of those accumulations across northern Lower Michigan, upstate New York, northern Vermont, northern New Hampshire and northern Maine may be enough to lead to some tree damage and power outages, especially considering strong winds would only add to the stress on trees and powerlines.
So where’s the Warming we were promised? It is my opinion that anyone and everyone who planned on the warmth ought to be reimbursed for their heating and repair bills by the folks who made the warm predictions. THEY said it was going to be hot. Well, put up or shut up. Give us our warmth, or hand over the cash to run the heaters. They made a contract with us, it’s time to deliver the warmth goods.