Winter Wonderland

UPDATED POST:  Saturday, November 21, 2015, 12:58 p.m.

Through noon Saturday, here are the official airport totals:

9.9″ Moline, 6.9″ Davenport, and 11.7″ Dubuque.  I don’t expect them to change much, if any, during the afternoon.

And, that 9.9″ in Moline is now a Quad Cities record for the biggest 2-day snowfall total in November.  (Thanks Andy McCray for the graphic and information.  That’s just another reason I actually like my current boss!)  🙂

Record Snow Nov

You can see more updated snow totals below in the original post.  I’ve been updating them there.

The “Winter Storm Warning” and the “Winter Weather Advisory” have expired.

Enjoy and be safe.  My weekend starts right now!


ORIGINAL POST:  Saturday, November 21, 2015, early morning

The first snowstorm of the 2015-2016 winter season arrived as advertised Friday night and Saturday morning.

Snow Saturday Morning.jpg

This is what it looks like in Moline, Illinois, where 5.6″ of snow has fallen through early Saturday morning.  (2.9″ fell before midnight Friday and 2.7″ accumulated after midnight).  And, it’s still snowing.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see another inch or two (or three).

Snowfall totals from the storm as of Saturday morning range from around 3″-10″, with heaviest across the far north.

Based on this early Saturday morning radar, it’s possible that when the snow pulls away by noon today that some of our northern hometowns will easily have more than a foot of snow on the ground.

Here are some of the snow totals (“snotals”):

Illinois:   16.0″ Freeport, 12.0″ Nora (Jo Daviess County); 12.0″ Winslow (Stephenson County); 11.2″ Shannon (Carroll County); 10.5″ Cedarville (Stephenson County); 10.0″ Galva (Henry County); 10.0″ Stockton (Jo Daviess County); 9.9″ Moline*; 9.5″ Geneseo (Henry County); 8.5″ Erie; 8.2″ Princeton; 8.0″ Mount Carroll; 8.0″ Altona (Knox County); 8.0″ Morrison; 7.1″ Kewanee; 7.0″ Cambridge (Henry County); 7.0″ Chadwick (Carroll County); 6.8″ Sherrard (Mercer); 6.0″ Sterling; 6.0″ Monmouth; and 5.8″ Galesburg.

Iowa:  11.7″ Dubuque; 10.0″ Clinton; 9.5″ DeWitt; 9.5″ Iowa City; 9.0″ Bettendorf; 8.5″ Solon (Johnson County); 8.0″ Charlotte (Clinton County); 8.0″ North Liberty (Johnson County); 8.0″ Atalissa (Muscatine County); 8.0″ Walcott; 8.0″ Lowden (Cedar County); 7.5″ Anamosa; 7.5″ Monticello (Jones County); 6.9″ Davenport*; 6.3″ Wapello; 6.0″ Maquoketa; 6.0″ Muscatine; 5.0″ Washington; and 3.0″ Mount Pleasant.

(* These are the official measurements from the airport and are current for the storm through noon Saturday.)

Does this fall in line with the first major snow forecast of the winter? This is what I was forecasting Friday.

Snow Forecast 1120

And, I added this in my blog Friday afternoon, “Looking at the snow forecast map from earlier today, I’m inclined to think that the final totals will be on the high end of the range.  In our far northern hometowns, a few spots could get a foot of snow!”

So, I feel good about the forecast for the first winter storm of the season. Kudos also go to my colleague, meteorologist Andy McCray at “Local 4 News”.  Don’t worry Ashe Simpson, you’ll get plenty of chances this winter to forecast storms on the weekend!

In wake of this first snow, it’s going to be bitterly cold tonight.  When you wake up Sunday morning, we could be near zero in a few locations.  I’m predicting 5° for the Quad Cities.  The record low Sunday morning is 3°.

The good news is that slow warming will take place early next week and by Thanksgiving, we could be in the 50s, but it’ll be a wet one.  I guess wet is better than white for holiday travel.

Our Turkey 2012

Be safe and have a great weekend.  If you head out to Lighting on the Commons Saturday afternoon, it’ll be a wintry one.


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