Wild, Windy, and Warm 24 Hours

Dec. 26, 2016: The last 24 hours have been pretty spectacular in the Stateline. We went from dreary, foggy weather to very foggy, very windy, and very warm weather overnight, to very windy and much colder weather by the following night.

WREX

One particular weather system was the focus for a lot of the wild weather we’ve seen over the last 24 hours. This low brought blizzard conditions to the Great Plains (in addition to a decent helping of snow for many locations in the west), pumped our region full of warm air, then yanked out the rug from under us and dropped our temperatures again. The strong low ramped up the winds too, leading to gusts between 35 mph and 45 mph last night and today.

Temperature Trend Last 12 Hours

Take a look at our temperature trend, which tells most of the story for us. We were in the 40’s this morning after temperatures rose all night, which put us 25°+ above average. Then, after almost getting to 50°, we dropped at least 15° over the course of the afternoon, leading us back to “average” temperatures for this time of year. Overnight, we’ll hit the middle 20’s, which is still 10° above average for our lows, but it will at least feel more like December.

On top of all that, a decent layer of snow that provided a white Christmas for us is rapidly disappearing, to the point where we may see a lot more green/brown grass than snow cover this week. Watch out for patches of black ice on the roads and sidewalks, since all of the melting snow may freeze again during the next few nights.

The take-away from all of this- just because we are in winter doesn’t mean we get stuck with very cold days 100% of the time. We’ll see little thaws like this, so try to enjoy the snow before it all melts, and enjoy these warm days when we get them during the winter!

-Alex

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This post was written by Alex Kirchner on December 26, 2016

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