Travel Delays

While the beginning of December came in on a snowy and cold note, the end of the month will be much different…wet and very mild!

The past major storm systems we’ve had move through have come from the Pacific Northwest which means they don’t have many ties to the cold, arctic air….unless you’re in the Plains and Rockies. The current system now moving through the south will move closer to the Stateline through the end of the weekend. Cold air has been moving in behind it and once again caused headaches for folks living in Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, and Nebraska. While they saw blizzard conditions, we will be seeing rain. However, if your holiday plans take you into Wisconsin, Minnesota, or the Dakota’s through Sunday you will more than likely run into some travel problems. Snow and possibly blowing snow will be flying through the Dakota’s and Minnesota while rain will be falling here. So if you have any big New Year’s plans, just make sure that pay extra attention while behind the wheel.

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This post was written by qni_it on December 31, 2006

Weekend Plans

If you have some outdoor plans for this 3 day weekend, here’s the break down: The majority of the daytime hours on Saturday should remain dry, other than a sprinkle or two. Our chances for soaking rains will increase greatly late Saturday night and into Sunday. Scattered showers will continue on into the first day of 2007. By Monday night, this storm system should be through with us and we should see drier weather move in for the first week of January.

Enjoy your Weekend. -ADAM

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This post was written by qni_it on December 29, 2006

One Last Roar!


2006 has one last roar in it, at least in the weather world. A strong area of spin has developed near the panhandle of Texas. This approaching storm is dumping feet of snow on portions of Colorado, and has even spawned a few tornadoes across central Texas. For the latest road conditions in Colorado, click here.

We won’t see any severe weather, but we should see some soaking rains starting early Sunday morning. -ADAM

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This post was written by qni_it on December 29, 2006

Hurricane Force Winds

While we sometimes think the winds can gust around here, take a look at some of the wind gusts that were reported yesterday, Wednesday, in California and Nevada:

Alpine Meadows, CA 167 MPH
Slide Mountain (Mount Rose), NV 135 MPH
Mammoth, CA 120 MPH
Mogul, NV 92 MPH
Burns Canyon Raws, CA 69 MPH

The storm system that was responsible for those damaging winds will be the same one that will move into the Stateline this weekend and give us a rainy end to 2006. We won’t see winds that strong, but they could get a little gusty for the weekend.

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This post was written by qni_it on December 28, 2006

Ending with a Bang!

2006 looks like it may be ending with a bang. Many models are predicting at least an inch of liquid precipitation before this weekend is over. Some, such as the picture at left, are plotting out over an inch and a half of rainfall. This storm system is just starting to come together right now over the southwestern corner of the country. It looks to track directly toward the stateline. In this scenario, we will stay in the warm sector of the storm for the majority of the time. This means that our precipitation (sorry snow lovers) will be mainly falling as rain. In my opinion, I’m calling a party foul on Mother Nature for all New Year’s Eve celebrations. -ADAM

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This post was written by qni_it on December 28, 2006

This is Winter?

It sure doesn’t feel or look like winter around here. Bare ground and warm temperatures have been a staple in our weather for the past two and a half weeks. Our weather pattern doesn’t look like it will cool off anytime in the near future either. High temperatures will continue to rise to above average levels into the new year. The picture at left is the closest you will get to a snowman for quite awhile! -ADAM

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This post was written by qni_it on December 27, 2006

Christmas Torndoes for Florida


While many of us were celebrating the holidays with family and friends Christmas, some residents in Florida were cleaning up after severe weather ripped through the southern states. Wind, rain, and even tornadoes were reported from early in the morning to late at night. At least two tornadoes have been confirmed and over five and a half inches of rain was reported at the Tallahassee Regional Airport. WJXT-TV has more on the devastating storms.

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This post was written by qni_it on December 26, 2006

Rainy End to the Week

While some parts of the U.S. were dealing with feet of snow, Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin residents were dealing with a good deal of rain this past week. While it was dry earlier in the week, a storm system dumped almost an inch and a half Wednesday through Friday. The holiday weekend will remain dry, however we may see a few snow flurries/showers just in time for Christmas. It may not be enough to “officially” call it a White Christmas…but just enough to put you in the spirit.

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This post was written by qni_it on December 24, 2006

Veteran Meteorologist Passes Away

Jim Giles was a longtime Meteorologist for KOTV in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jim was hired as the Chief Meteorologist for the station in 1981 and kept many Oklahomans out of danger with countless severe weather alerts. Read more on Jim Giles’ career by clicking here.

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This post was written by qni_it on December 21, 2006

Colorado Blizzard

Take a look at these pictures taken by Ron Harrell of Morrison, Colorado. He received 34 inches of snow! Not only did it take a half hour to find the car in his front driveway, look at the blue 4X4 that got stuck in the street! :-)

It sounds like he’s got good spirits! “I know this might not seem like a big deal to some of you, but for a flat-lander like me who moved to Colorado 15 years ago from Louisiana, this is a big deal. We usually get 4-6 inches of snow at any one time, so this storm has pretty much paralyzed the entire city and metro area.”

For those of you trying to get on a United flight from Rockford: The Denver Int’l Airport is expected to open at noon Friday. -ERIC

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This post was written by qni_it on December 21, 2006