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Old 12-30-2011, 10:20 AM
 
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Looks quite cold, but should only last a few days. By Thursday highs back to 32 in Boston and a much stronger warming trend to the west. Snowpack would slow down the warming trend, but looks to be little on the ground. This looks like dry,cold air with just light scattered snow showers.
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Old 12-30-2011, 11:26 AM
 
Location: CT - close to coast
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Looks quite cold, but should only last a few days. By Thursday highs back to 32 in Boston and a much stronger warming trend to the west. Snowpack would slow down the warming trend, but looks to be little on the ground. This looks like dry,cold air with just light scattered snow showers.
Areas around great lakes could see up to 2 feet of snow in some spots.

Warm lakes
Unfrozen Lakes
Arctic blast spells trouble for them.

But yeah - if we had a decent snowpack the cold would stick around a little longer even with a weak ridge in place. Its amazing how a snowpack can keep surface temps at least 3 degrees cooler and that makes a big difference from being normal and below normal.

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Old 12-30-2011, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Portland, TX. (next to Corpus Christi)
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There's no snow. It'll still be a nuisance and far less comfortable to do stuff (mainly move a bunch of stuff from my apartment) than would be if the warmth stayed. At least December was okay, so it will be maybe two months of bad stuff.
The NWS forecast office in DC begs to differ. Here is a quote from their most recent forecast discussion.

"... MODEST MSTR AHEAD OF THIS APRCHG SHRTWV TROF AND COLD ADVCTN ALOFT
ASSOCIATED WITH THE WAVE WILL LEAD TO SGFNT INSTBY ALONG WRN
SLOPES OF POTOMAC HIGHLANDS FOR A PROLONGED PD MON-TUE MRNG. WITH
MAXIMA XPCD TO RMN BLW FRZG IN THESE ZONES...SGFNT SNOW ACCUMS
XPCD...LKLY WARRANTING WINTER HEADLINES AS THE TIME NRS. WINDS
ALSO WILL BE OF CONCERN DURG THIS EVENT...LEADING TO HAZARDOUS
WIND CHILLS AND POOR VSBYS.
ANY PCPN THAT CROSSES THE MTNS WILL BE
VERY LGT OWING TO DOWNSLOPING FLOW."

Granted, this will be more for the Appalachian mountains, but this will lead to some decent skiing. Here is the link to the above text:

National Weather Service Text Product Display


Ian
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Old 12-30-2011, 03:14 PM
 
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Areas around great lakes could see up to 2 feet of snow in some spots.

Warm lakes
Unfrozen Lakes
Arctic blast spells trouble for them.

But yeah - if we had a decent snowpack the cold would stick around a little longer even with a weak ridge in place. Its amazing how a snowpack can keep surface temps at least 3 degrees cooler and that makes a big difference from being normal and below normal.
It does look like the Indiana snow belt (South Bend area) could get a heavy snow late Sunday - Monday. It can be so localized though. Most of the rest of Indiana will see just light snow showers. At least in the Midwest, all 6-10, 30,60,90 day models saying above normal temps, and December here has bee MILD.
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Old 12-30-2011, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Western Massachusetts
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Doesn't seem like it will last. I'm seeing a warm up to slightly above average temps by Friday or Saturday. Highs around 40F.
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Old 12-30-2011, 03:31 PM
 
Location: CT - close to coast
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Doesn't seem like it will last. I'm seeing a warm up to slightly above average temps by Friday or Saturday. Highs around 40F.
Yup, Flip flop continues but the Flips seem to be getting colder. Someone made a good point today... Skiers will be in heaven because unlike the West, Skiers in the East like to ski when its 35...Out west they'll ski when its below zero. lol

I do see another cold snap again around the 9th.
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Old 12-30-2011, 05:04 PM
 
Location: CT - close to coast
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Great video by accuweather Bernie Rayno on the cold and snows. Great analogy regarding the tight gradients and winds.


The Coldest Air and Largest Great Lakes Snowfall of the Season - YouTube
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Old 12-30-2011, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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Looks like this will only be a short 3 to 4 winter blast, then back to warmer weather. Hopefully more significant blasts will head down the pipeline.
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Old 12-30-2011, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, BC
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I think it would be interesting to see record lows all the way down in South Florida this winter... Miami in the 20s!!
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Old 12-30-2011, 08:25 PM
 
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I think it would be interesting to see record lows all the way down in South Florida this winter... Miami in the 20s!!
That would make you feel better for being in Vancouver Canada.

Sometimes in winter almost every year, Vancouver can be warmer than Dallas, Atlanta, and even Northern Florida.

Also, the all time record lows for Dallas, Atlanta, and parts of Northern Florida such as Tallahassee and Jacksonville are actually lower than Vancouver's all time record low.

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