A major winter storm continues to push into the northeast and New England after dumping impressive amounts of snow to our south and southwest. Topeka, Kansas received a foot of snow and Indianapolis picked up a record total for the date. The amounts you see below are preliminary totals as of 8 this morning. (Thanks to Doug Higgins for the graphics!) Around here we’ll get cold tonight and wind chills will approach -20 tomorrow morning and Friday morning so a wind chill advisory may be issued from the National Weather Service. Bundle up…again.
A strong winter storm is hitting the east coast. I was curious what airports were impacted, so I went to the Federal Aviation Administration web site. At 11:15 am their map of major northeast airports had just Philadelphia with delays. PHL’s delays were averaging one hour and fifteen minutes. I found this very surprising; just one airport having problems as the northeast was getting pounded with rain, snow, and ice.
Compare the FAA website to Flightaware’s Misery map. The major New York airports (Newark, John F. Kennedy, and LaGuardia) had 16 delays and 71 cancellations. I would consider that a big problem. The misery index rotated around a full 270 degrees, that’s pretty high! If you’re looking at flight information this this a great site to go.
Obviously check your airline for specific information on your exact flight. But if you find yourself delayed, flightaware.com will let you know how miserable you should be.
We’ll see cooler than normal temperatures around here but a big winter storm has a large portion of the country under “storm watch.” In fact the last time I counted it was up to 22 states that had a winter storm warning in effect due to snow totals expected to be 6 to 12 inches. We may see a few flurries or light snow in the southern portion of our viewing area tonight and into tomorrow. Counties from Milwaukee south to the Illinois border will see 1 to 3 inches with more along the Lake.
Today, we can expect increasing clouds today with a high near 20; still below normal but the warmest day we’ll see in the next seven.
The Climate Prediction Center Issued an updated February outlook. Temperatures are expected to stay below normal in Wisconsin.
What is normal you ask? The normal high temperature on Feb. 1st is 25 degrees in Green Bay; by the end of the month the normal high warms to 33 degrees.
There is not much information on precipitation as the CPC has Wisconsin under an “EC” or equal chance of above or below normal precipitation.
The 8-14 day outlook has better information with Wisconsin expecting above normal precipitation; so don’t put away your shovels yet.
The average temperature in January for Green Bay was just 8.7 degrees. That ranks as the 17th coldest January on record, and the 3rd coldest in the last 30 years!
The warmest temperature was 39°; and the coldest was a bone chilling -21°.
We had 19 days where the temperature dipped below zero!
Snowfall was 4.4″ above normal, with an even 17″ falling.
Here are the top 3 coldest Januaries in Green Bay:
#1. 1921…… Average temperature -1.1°
#2. 1977….. Average temperature 3.1°
#3 1888….. Average temperature 5.2°
Most of our area picked up 2 to 4 inches of snow from the fast-moving system that pushed through the area yesterday. The burst of snow mid-day and strong winds resulted in whiteout conditions on the roads for a time. In Green Bay 2.6 inches of snow fell at the National Weather Service office.
We’re back to the deep freeze today with highs only topping out near 10 degrees and wind chills below zero all day. If you’re traveling south tomorrow be careful. A storm moving through the region from the southwest could bring about a half foot of snow to Chicago Saturday. Around here we may get 1 to 3 inches by tomorrow evening.
Our average high temperature warms from 25 degrees to 33 by the end of the month. I know, that doesn’t exactly make my frozen toes feel any warmer.
If temperatures did warm up in February, how warm can it get?
The highest temperature for first 10 days of the month is 56° set in 1925.
From the 11th to the 20th the highest temperature on record is 58° set in 1999.
From the 21st through leap year the highest temperature recorded (and the highest temperature ever in February) is 61° set in 2000.
We’ve had an Arctic Blast around here the past few days with temperatures just touching the zero mark yesterday in Green Bay. For the month of January, the average temperature is about 8 degrees below normal so if you think it has been cold this year…you were right! As a matter of fact we’ve been stuck in a very cold weather pattern all winter. This pattern has had the opposite effect to the northwest. Folks in Alaska have been enjoying mild weather due to the position of the jet stream.
Check out yesterday’s high temperatures in Alaska and compare those to the highs in the region. I’ll bet you never think of heading to Alaska to warm up. If you want to know more about this pattern and how it is looking a lot like the winters of the late 70s, Meteorologist Phil DeCastro looked into it and has a nice comparison. Those were some extremely cold winters!
It’s going to be one of the coldest playoff games ever at Lambeau Field on Sunday. The Packers take on San Francisco at 3:40 pm and an Arctic air mass will be in place so get your fleece on. At noon when you tailgate the temperature will be near 0 degrees with the game time temperature hovering around -1° and a wind chill near -20. This would put the game in the top 3 of coldest playoff games ever played at Lambeau Field. The temperature plunges during the game too. At the end of the game the temperature will be -5° with a wind chill near -30° Bundle up and Go Pack!
It was bitterly cold this morning with a low in Green Bay at -14°. That’s the coldest it has been in almost 3 years. Luckily the wind wasn’t blowing that hard but when it was we had wind chills in the area near -25°. We’ll see lots of sunshine for most of the day today and a high near 14°.
A fast-moving storm system will push through tonight and into Christmas morning giving us 2 to 3 inches of fresh snow for Christmas morning. The snow will probably start around 9 pm for Green Bay and the Fox Cities and a bit earlier to the west. Winds will be rather strong tonight out of the SSW at 10-20 mph which may result in blowing snow. Be careful if you are traveling because roads will be slick. Snow showers later in the day may even add an additional half inch to an inch. Right now there is a foot of snow on the ground in Green Bay after the 6.6″ of snow from Winter Storm Alice. Merry Christmas!