Blizzard Warning – UpdateDecember 9th, 2012 at 3:43 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
As I write this, there’s a Blizzard Warning for parts of Minnesota and the Dakotas and a Winter Storm Warning into NW Wisconsin. The NWS is calling for 7-11″ of snow, along with wind chills as cold as -15 to -25. Here’s the current Watch/Warning/Advisory Map. I wonder if TWC will give this storm a name. OK, would they give it a name if it hit the East Coast? UPDATE: Picture is morning tailgate set up for the Vikings/Bears game Sunday. Minneapolis received 10.2″ of snow. Other snow totals: 15″ Ham Lake MN, 14″ Farmington WI, 13.5″ Osceola WI, 13″ Red Wing MN, 10.8″ St. Cloud MN. Cold air poured down the Plains behind the snowstorm. High temperatures Sunday PM included 18 at Colorado Springs, 11 at Valentine NE and 1 above zero at Grand Forks ND – the Arctic air and snow is getting closer.
Also: Lots of cold and snow in Europe. The link is in German, but it says: “Four people died in Croatia and one in Serbia because of the cold authorities reported on Sunday. Traffic came to a standstill at many locations, the airport in Zagreb was closed for hours.” Southeastern Europe was hit especially hard, with up to a half a meter of snow falling in the Balkan region. More lives were claimed in Poland, where Spiegel writes: “The winter outbreak has claimed 3 lives since Friday, temperatures in some regions fell below minus 15°C.” Temperatures down to -8F were reported in Germany. Scandinavia was also hard hit last week, where as many as 30 centimeters of snow fell during a “blizzard”, the English language Swedish The Local reported. Also – Valdez, Alaska reported 13.9″ of snow on Sunday. King Salmon AK had a gust to 64 mph.