Good morning and Happy Martin Luther King Day,
It is a cold start to the week, with a frigid air mass in place just to our north. Kansas City dropped to around 11 or 12 degrees this morning. Minneapolis, MN will likely stay below zero all day. This is actually rare as of the past few years. Here is a statement from the National Weather Service in Minneapolis:
Streak With Highs of 0°F or Above Has Reached 4 Years at MSP
Sunday, January 20, 2013 marked the 1,466th consecutive day, (just over 4 years), with high temperatures of 0°F or greater at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. The last time the high temperature at the Minneapolis airport was below zero was on January 15, 2009 when the thermometer climbed to only -6°F. This streak will likely come to an end on Monday, as temperatures struggle to make it to 5 below. In addition, the number of days withlow temperatures below zero so far this winter will continue to increase as we proceed into the new work week.
The table below is a rundown of the top 10 streaks with high temperatures remaining at or above 0°F at MSP.
|Rank||Number of days with highs >=0°F||Ending Date|
|Period of record: 1872-10-01 to 2013-01-19|
Chicago is still waiting for it’s first inch of snow in one calendar day. Where are we at here in Kansas City. We are still below last year’s record low snowfall total of 3.9″. KCI Airport has had only 3.7″ this season. We are forecasting at least two storm systems, and possibly three or four, that will bring accumulating snow to Kansas City during the next five weeks.
Our next significant chance of precipitation may be eight to nine days from now. Here is what the GFS model showed from the 06z (midnight) model run overnight:
This model solution forecasted an upper low to track near or just north of Kansas City. This would place the snow across Iowa and Nebraska. We will be waiting patiently as it is still a long ways off. Right now, we just need a soaking rain or a heavy snowfall. The ground is so super dry.
Have a great start to your week and thank you for spending a few minutes reading the Action Weather blog.