Big California Rainstorm To Become Eastern Snowstorm Next Week, Cold Reaching Benchmarks

Written by on February 25, 2014 in United States of America with 0 Comments

The sea of moisture set to sweep into California couldn’t have been more of a wish come true for drought stricken California this week. All thanks to a strong, under cutting southern jet. In fact this late week into the weekend spell of wet weather is not just the biggest of this winter, which wouldn’t be difficult once you get south of San Francisco but this looks to be the biggest rains since 2011 for the Los Angele Basin. With a pretty significant low pushing onshore, expect gales along the coast, thunder and lightning as well as water spouts and perhaps a few tornadoes.

Source: AccuWeather

Source: AccuWeather

The focus of wet weather early on (Wednesday) will be over more northern areas of the Golden State with gusty winds sweeping the Bay Area but a stronger system pushes onshore just south of San Francisco Friday-Saturday and this looks to present a flood threat to Southern California believe it or not with a widespread 2 inches (locally 3 or 4).

Source: AccuWeather

Source: AccuWeather

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As you can see, this upcoming spell of wet weather is WELCOME…

Source: AccuWeather

Source: AccuWeather

Latest QPF through 18z Sunday.

Source: AccuWeather Pro

Source: AccuWeather Pro

Latest graphics from the Los Angeles NWS.

Source: NWS

Source: NWS

Source: NWS

Source: NWS

While we saw a decent snow event today across the Mid-Atlantic with DC turning white, there’s no big Eastern snowstorm this week, however, next week could be different and it’s all thanks to that California storm late this week.

Snow is not a big deal now through 126 but check out the chart through 168!

Source: AccuWeather Pro

Source: AccuWeather Pro

Source: AccuWeather Pro

Source: AccuWeather Pro

Cold Holds Strong Through The Rest of This Week!

Brutal cold dives through the Great Lakes late this week with Chicago enduring more sub 0 nights starting tonight and edging closer to an all-time record.

ECMWF for Thu

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Minneapolis To Enter Rare Top 10 List For Coldest Winter On Record

As it stands, Minneapolis ties 10th place for coldest winter on record with an average temperature of 10.2 degrees. 4 frigid days left could see the ranking go up another place or two.

Source: NWS Twin Cities

Source: NWS Twin Cities

This morning’s low of -6 was the 44th night below 0 this winter. Tomorrow morning will tie 10th place. That ranking is sure to climb through the rest of this week with even colder air settling in tonight through the rest of the week.

Source: NWS Twin Cities

Source: NWS Twin Cities

 

Chicago Approaching All-Time Record

THE TALLY OF BELOW ZERO LOWS IN CHICAGO IS AT 22 ON THE
SEASON…TIED WITH 1981-82 FOR THE FOURTH MOST SUBZERO LOWS IN
A SEASON ON RECORD AND JUST THREE AWAY FROM THE ALL-TIME RECORD
DATING BACK TO 1872. BASED ON THE CURRENT FORECAST…AT
LEAST A COUPLE SUB ZERO LOWS ARE EXPECTED IN THE NEXT FEW
NIGHTS.

TOP 10 SEASONS WITH THE MOST SUBZERO LOWS IN CHICAGO
—————————————————-

SEASON   NUMBER OF SUBZERO LOWS
——-  ———————-
1) 1884-85          25
2) 1935-36          24
1962-63          24
4) 1981-82          22
   2013-14*         22
6) 1874-75          21
1887-88          21
1978-79          21
9) 1872-73          19
10)1886-87          18
1983-84          18
1984-85          18
1985-86          18

*2014 DATA THROUGH FEB 24TH*

Cold Pattern Lasts Well Into March!

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