>First Arctic blast aims at US Plains this weekend, East early next week, Storm batters UK yesterday, Scandinavia’s turn today, more snow for Alps

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Today’s Weather Headlines

US Latest

First true Arctic blast for N. Plains this weekend, East early next week

Frigid Blast to Start 2012 from Plains to East
ACCUWEATHER.COM

Cold Blast to “Bring It” in Terms of Lake-Effect Snow
ACCUWEATHER.COM

Northwest Braces for One Last Pounding of 2011
ACCUWEATHER.COM

Europe Latest

Storm which battered UK-Ireland yesterday brings much colder air on backside while it’s now Denmark and Scandinavia’s turn for the wild weather today

After a wild and stormy day across the northern half of Ireland and the UK yesterday with gusts widely topping 60 to 80 mph, today sees yet another windy day but MUCH colder feeling as the circulation from that very strong storm system is now tapping and drawing down the much colder air over Iceland, fed down from Greenland. So, you’ll not need me to tell you how cold that wind felt today, it was biting wherever I was today and with it came frequent hefty showers which picked winds up with push each squall to gale-force creating poor driving conditions. For me, it was probably one of the colder feeling days of the season so far. Tonight, thanks to much colder air mass in place, lighter winds and clearing skies, a widespread frost is anticipated over particularly the northern half of the UK.

While we see a lull in the very active Atlantic storm train tonight and into tomorrow across our part of the world, it’s the Low Countries and particularly Denmark, southern Norway, Sweden and Finland which will, like we did yesterday, find themselves battered by gales, perhaps hurricane-force winds, periods of heavy rain and even snow. Keep in mind that the air that will be drawn southeastwards from the Arctic on the backside of this storm once the centre moves into the Baltic nations will be much colder than what we’re seeing today and tomorrow thanks to no relatively warm water to moderate the air mass being pulled down from the Arctic Ocean and down across Scandinavia. This means a few days of well below freezing highs and if skies are clear and winds relatively light, very cold nights in sheltered inland areas is likely.

NEAR RECORD SNOW OVER ALPS AND MORE TO COME, WHAT A TURNAROUND

After a very slow, dissapointing start to the season throughout the Alps, we have seen a parade of cold front sweep down from Britain and with plenty of moisture to work with the arrival of this much colder air, snow and lots of it has been the reselt.

The latest storm which barrelled across the UK yesterday and into Scandinavia today is shoving an Alpine-bound cold front down and this means more snow for the region.. Great news!

Yesterday’s Stormy Atlantic waters from Portrush, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

Here’s a great video from blog reader and Facebook fan Tyler Collins capturing yesterday’s wild weather which impacted Ireland, N.I and the Northern UK with hurricane-force winds

Canada Latest

Freezing rain slicks Prairie highways
THE WEATHER NETWORK

Record warmth raises avalanche risk in B.C.
THE WEATHER NETWORK

Asia Latest

All eyes on Powerful Cyclone Thane

Severe storm threatens eastern Indian coast
CNN

Cyclone heads for southeast India
BBC

Tropical Cyclone Thane Rain, Radar, Satellite Images
JESSE FERRELL’S BLOG, ACCUWEATHER.COM

Cloudbursts over Indonesia produces devastating mudslides

Australia Latest

Thunderstorms take aim at Perth

THE EXTREMES OF THE DAY

TODAY’S US EXTREMES
COURTESY OF ACCUWEATHER

HIGH: 83 at Saugus, CA
LOW: -5 at Saranac Lake, NY

TODAY’S UK EXTREMES
COURTESY OF THE MET OFFICE

HIGH: 51° (10.8°C) at Exeter Airport (Devon)
LOW: 30° (-1.3°C) at Aboyne (Aberdeenshire)

TODAY’S EXTREMES HERE AT MY HOUSE

HIGH: 40°
LOW: 38°

Thanks for reading.
-Mark

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