More than a foot of snow fell from Minneapolis, eastward through Western Wisconsin, including the Eau Claire area. A few inches of snow were observed as close to us as Dubuque and Madison with parts of Northern Green Co., WI seeing 1-2 inches. Here, it was just too warm to produce snow, and with a northerly track (as we forecasted), it just wasn’t in the cards.
Unfortunately, from this point forward we are looking at only four opportunities for additional snow between now and the end of the year! While I can’t give much specificity, here are the dates that look inclement right now:
Saturday 12/15 (low chance for snow)
Friday 12/21 (low chance for snow)
Sunday 12/23 (moderate chance for snow)
Thursday 12/27 (low chance for snow)
Please keep in mind that should Saturday’s storm system become delayed, it will throw off the timing of the following storm systems. However, it will be next to impossible to have any more than four storm systems crossing the central United States in the next 20 days, as the frequency of one every five days has been fairly standard so far this autumn season.
Now, as for snow? That may be hard to come by unless the whole pattern shifts to colder (which it’s not expected to right now). Saturday 12/15′s system could deposit quite a bit of rain to the Rockford Metro. A slight shift to colder could deposit some of that precipitation as snow. December 21 looks to be mostly rain again with a higher probability for a snowy system two days before Christmas.
This post was written by Eric Sorensen on December 10, 2012