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Our region is in the throes of a December to Remember with cold and snow the weather headlines. Tony documents how our climate has turned into a taste of Minnesota.

Minnesota Weather Here for Holidays

Correct me if I am wrong but did we not have a warm and pleasant month of November? Sure the first harmless snow flakes fell but Thanksgiving Day saw highs near 70 and as late as the 30th Charleston registered a temperature of 65! Hardly weather typical of the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes.

Now 20 days into the month of December, the tide has turned. All it has done is snow and blow just about every day. As I stated in my weekend blog, our region has entered rarified air territory in the top 10 snowiest Decembers since record keeping began. So far, our region has measured as much snow (10”-12”) as the Twin Cities would have in a normal December.

Still snow lovers are bandwagon fans. All they care about is the next storm and arctic blast. Their mischievous mantra, “what have you done for us lately”? Now that we have shoveled and slipped our way to a foot of December powder and glare ice, snow geese say, “what about the Christmas storm you are predicting? How much snow will that bring’?

First things first though as a dusting of snow on Monday hid glare ice along my jogging route and no doubt outside your house. Monday afternoon slush showed its mushy side as Ol Sol peaked gingerly thru the broken cloud deck. The high even bettered freezing for an hour in spots.

Now that the sun has set, “the thaw by day, freeze by night cycle” has resumed. Careful in the morning, as a fresh dusting may well hide the icy spots on your sidewalk, parking lot and side street.

With Tuesday’s highs set to crack 32 degrees, the current “stale” cold spell is likely to sponsor a rain shower during the afternoon. But White Christmas fans, don’t fret, the snow will easily absorb the light rain and then refreeze once the cold air returns in earnest.

Wednesday is likely to see the mercury head south again, so a melting wet snow shower pattern will turn into a sticking fresh inch in spots by dusk.

By late week, word has it that Santa has his flight plan into our region early on Saturday morning. His rendezvous will be coincident with the arrival of moisture from a southern storm. That moist air will collide head first with a new bout of cold arctic blusters. The result, snow should be falling lightly by midnight church services then pick up by sunrise Christmas morning. The new snow will whiten over the bare spots that will show up courtesy of this week’s thaw-freeze cycle.

It then looks to snow much of Christmas day and off and on thru Sunday and into Monday. A conservative new snowfall forecast would be for 3 or 4 new inches with double even triple that amount in the mountains.

Given the by then month long siege of cold and snow we will have enjoyed/endured, it is safe to say that our climate for December 2010 will go into the books as a dead ringer for Minnesota.
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