National Weather Forecast
Two system are impacting the lower 48 as we head through the second-to-last day of 2022. Out west, an atmospheric river will bring heavy rain and snow to the region. Meanwhile, a second working eastward will bring rain chances from New England to the lower Mississippi Valley.
Very heavy rainfall (potentially 5”+) will be possible through the end of the year out across parts of Oregon and California, with several feet of snow possible in the Sierra. Heavy rain of at least 3” will also impact portions of the mid/lower Mississippi Valley.
System Early Next Week?
We are tracking the potential for another large winter storm next week in the Monday through Wednesday timeframe. There continues to be a lot of spread in the overall track between the models:
- The American model shows a more northern track, which would bring snow and ice chances across central and northern Minnesota, with rain across southern Minnesota before a little change over would be possible toward the end of the storm.
- The European model shows a more southern track, bringing the snow and ice chances across southern Minnesota with little to no precipitation north.
- What is confident is that a large system will impact the upper Midwest somewhere. Models also seem to somewhat agree on timing – with precipitation starting to impact the state Monday midday/afternoon, ending Tuesday night into early Wednesday. The area where this storm impacts – and what that means for precipitation type and how much snow/ice a location may see – is still in question. We will continue to monitor this as we head through the next several days.
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