Kansas City, Mo., Monday, Jan. 3, 2011 – NOAA forecasters said the first full week of 2011 should be relatively calm weather-wise with light snow expected in spotty locations across the country. Light snow is expected in parts of the northern Plains and Upper Midwest as an evolving system takes hold over the center of the country through Tuesday. Forecasters said the air mass is relatively dry so accumulations will be light until the system moves across the Great Lakes on Tuesday.
The system is expected to pull added moisture from the Lakes and snowfall amounts will increase until the system moves east of the area by mid-day Tuesday.
Most of the country will remain under high pressure throughout the weekly forecast period, according to forecasters, with sunny skies and daily high temperatures near normal. A lack of cloud cover during overnight hours will result in colder than normal low temperatures in many locations.
The only part of the country expected to see significant snowfall is the mountain areas from central to southeast California and southern Nevada. Winter Storm Warnings for that area are calling for 8-12 inches of snow at 8,500 feet and 12-24 inches near mountain crests. Much lighter snow is expected in other parts of central California, northeast Nevada and extreme southwest Utah.
Other locations expecting light snow today include:
- Northern Plains – Central to southeastern Montana, southern North Dakota, northern South Dakota and central Minnesota
- Midwest – Northern two-thirds of Iowa
- Rockies – Mountain areas of central Colorado
Forecasters at NOAA’s St. Louis, Mo., and Lincoln, Ill., National Weather Service offices have posted initial reports on the New Year’s Eve tornado outbreak that hit parts of Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas. The reports will be updated through the coming days as damage surveys are completed and additional information comes available. The reports are available at:
Additional information from local National Weather Service forecast staffs may be reached by selecting the desired area on the national map at http://weather.gov
Contact: Public Affairs Specialist Patrick Slattery (816) 268-3135
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