Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
By Mark Anthony KSAX-TV.
Now that we really are only days away from Christmas, I keep getting asked, "when are we going to get some snow?" The chances of having a white Christmas can vary quite a bit across the state of Minnesota. To let you know, having a white Christmas is loosely defined as having one inch of snow on the ground on Christmas Day.
In Minneapolis, for example, a white Christmas occurs approximately 72 percent of the time. In the Pipestone area, a white Christmas happens about 65 percent of the time. Around the Willmar area it is about 70 percent of the time. The Morris area sees a white Christmas about 80 percent of the time. In Alexandria it happens about 87 percent of the time. Meanwhile, in the Wadena area it occurs about 92 percent of the time. The odds are in our favor, but we are getting down to "crunch time" for some snow as Santa and his reindeer are starting to get the sleigh ready for their big night coming up on Dec. 24.
Have we had many snowstorms on Dec. 24? It certainly can happen as the Twin Cities saw more than five inches of snow on Christmas Eve back in 2009. There is a chance of some light snow next Monday once again, but we all might have to be extra good if we want Santa to bring some snow this Christmas....
Here's to dreaming of a white Christmas!
Weather history: On this date in 1933, a severe ice storm hit parts of southern and central Minnesota.
Weather facts: Throughout the United States, ice storms occur most often during the months of December and January and near sunrise which is usually the coldest time of the day. Also, just one quarter of an inch of ice accumulation can add about 500 pounds of weight per line span on power lines. Damage from ice storms is highly capable of shutting down entire metropolitan areas.
MN AT A GLANCE:
Moorhead Low-26 High-35
Duluth Low-27 High-36
Central Minn. Low-26 High-36
Twin Cities Low-29 High-41
Rochester Low-31 High-41
Marshall Low-29 High-40
Today, Monday, Dec. 12: Mostly cloudy to cloudy, chance of rain/freezing rain/light snow. High-36 Low-17 Winds: SW/NW, 5-15 mph, Prec. Trace-.20"
Today's sunrise: 7:55 a.m.
Today's sunset: 4:37 p.m.
Normal High: 23
Normal Low: 7
An area of low pressure will push across the Midwest and bring mainly rain across southern Minnesota, but a mixture of rain/freezing rain/light snow to the portions of central Minnesota Tuesday night into Wednesday. Drier air will return by Thursday.
Thursday: Clearing sky and colder. Chance of lingering light snow early in the morning. High-21 Low-8
Winds: NW 10-2030 Prec. Trace-.10"
Friday: Partly to mostly sunny. High-18 Low-7 Winds: NE 5-15 mph Prec. None
Saturday: Partly cloudy. High-21 Low-12 Winds: E 5-15 mph. Prec. None
Sunday: Partly cloudy and warmer. High-34 Low-16 Wind SE 10-15 mph Prec. None