Boo, Winter has hit North America!

Boo, Winter has hit North America!

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It’s the middle of November and you’d think people wouldn’t be surprised about the winter weather.. but hey, when it was beautiful last week why wouldn’t we be upset!? In most parts of North America (especially the northern parts of the US and most of Canada where it is usually colder this time of year) it has been really quiet on the cold fronts. Some patchiness here and there in the Rockies but nothing like what’s being seen at the moment. 

Swirls of low pressure are causing rain and heavy snow to the Plains and middle Mississippi Valley. The majority of the low pressure system is going to be stuck over Missouri through most of Wednesday and will continue threats of snow and rain over the area.

The heaviest snow from this system fell along the Kansas/Nebraska border with widespread amounts of 5 to 8 inches early this afternoon.

Tonight the snow shower will likely shift off to the southeast passing through eastern Kansas and western Missouri including Kansas City and all the way to southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas. Snow accumulations this evening have the possibility of bringing 1 to 3 inches in southeast Kansas, southwest Missouri, and northwest Arkansas. 

The snow system will continue across southern Missouri and northwest Arkansas through Wednesday morning before it changes back over to rain during the afternoon. Snow does have a chance of mixing with the rain to create an icy sleet mixture over eastern Missouri and central Arkansas – including St. Louis and Little Rock. 

As this system swirls over the midwest a powerful storm in the Pacific Northwest with heavy rain, heavy mountain snow, strong winds, coastal flooding, river flooding, and possibly avalanches into Tuesday. A low pressure system is expected to move from the Northern Pacific Ocean into Vancouver Island tonight and into Tuesday morning. Winds up to 40 mph with gusts over 60 mph can be expected  to occur along the Washington and Oregon coasts as well as the Olympic Mountains and Cascade Mountains through Tuesday morning. Wind gusts could approach 90 to 100 mph at times especially this evening through early Tuesday morning. The winds should diminish during the afternoon as the storm continues to move inland.

Snow levels will rise to 5,000 – 6,000 feet tonight with very heavy snow falling above these levels and very heavy rain falling below them. Snow fall of 2 – 4 feet is forecasted above the 6,000 feet mark in the Washington and northern Oregon Cascades – lighter amounts expected to hit southern Oregon Cascades.

Rainfall of 3 – 5 inches is forecasted in the lower elevations of western Washington and western Oregon through Tuesday. Flooding on the rivers in the area can reach moderate to major levels in many locations due to the heavy rain and melting snow on the lower portions of the mountains.

The combination of the melting snow, the heavy rain, and gusty winds could cause avalanches in the Cascades in northern Washington and in the Olympics in western Washington through Tuesday. 

–All information from this article is based upon facts that can be found at www.weather.com —

For the record the official start of winter is December 21st! 🙂

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