Record Warmth In Alaska While Lower 48 Shivers With 30 Below Normal Temps & Snow!


Here are the records for cold highs and lows as well as for snowfall from yesterday (Courtesy of Hamweather)

With this current cold outbreak we have seen anywhere from a trace to 14 inches from Montana to Minnesota all the way to Nebraska and Kansas. I have also been hearing reports of it snowing in north Texas and Oklahoma this morning too. Impressive for so early that’s for sure.

The cold which has followed these early snows has been every bit as impressive with lows as cold as 5 on Friday morning at West Yellowstone, MT, 2 at Cooke City, MT yesterday morning and 6 this morning at Laramie, WY.

Lows were widely in the teens across northern Montana and North Dakota with Hettinger, ND falling all the way to 10, brrr.

In Tulsa, OK, the low dropped all the way to 32 which marked the earliest freezing low on record, beating Oct 8, 2000. The low this morning at Soiux City, IA bottomed out at a frigid 15, smashing the old record of 23 set in 2000 and this was also the coldest such reading so early.

Other cold lows this morning.

Mason City, IA 19

Scottsbluff, NE 21

Waterloo, IA 24

According to Adrienne Veilleux of AccuWeather, it was down to 8 at Jackson, CO this morning.

Lows in the 20s with some snow in Oklahoma, Chilly 50s for Dallas, TX

This morning saw temperatures fall widely into the 30s across Oklahoma with 20s in places. The coldest I could find from the below map courtesy of mesonet, shows 26. In Dallas, TX, the temperature this afternoon is struggling to reach the mid-50s with a current reading of 53. To put this in context, this is well below the average LOW for the time of year and it’s likely to stay at around 55 for a high at best.

Courtesy of Mesonet

Quite amazing: Going from 90 to a freeze, 80s to snow 2-3 inches deep!

Billings, MT went from a toasty 82 to recieving over 2 inches of snow the very next day… According to the NWS of Boulder, CO, the town of Sedgwick, CO went from a high of 90 to a freezing the next morning. Grand Forks, ND went from 80 one day to having 2-3 inches of snow on the ground the next.

Denver, CO has back to back 80s Tuesday-Wednesday then snow early Friday morning.

When there’s record cold in the Midwest, there can often be record warmth in Alaska!

A lot of the reason for all the cold and snow across the Lower 48 is due to a big ridge of high pressure pumping warmth northward from the sub-tropical Pacific all the way to Alaska. The trigger was the recurvature of a western Pacific typhoon which eventually pumped a ridge up the west side of North America. The ex-typhoon also came ahsore in Alaska late last week producing 70 mph winds. Following the storm’s hit, high pressure forced heat north, bringing 60 degree warmth to the Alaskan interior. This amplification and heat pump, forces cold, arctic air south down the spine of the continent and as a result, we see multiple days of unusually early snowfall coupled with record cold highs and lows. As well as that we’re also seeing the coldest temperatures for so early in the season for many locations.

Courtesy of NWS Fairbanks


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