First Winter Storm System Late Next Week?

Rain and snow across the upper midwest with surface low in Minnesota

We are less than two weeks away from Thanksgiving now, and a lot of college students begin to head home this coming Friday as Thanksgiving break begins. Travelers that are going north out of the state, may encounter winter weather. It is still very early, but it is something that we have been keeping an eye on.

The storm system will have very little impact on the state of Iowa. The only way it would, is if the track of the low tracks further to the south. Even if the low does track further south, precipitation would still fall as rain in the state, since Iowa would remain in the warm sector. A southward shift would only bring higher rainfall totals.   The current track of the low places it over central Minnesota by Friday. Granted, the track of this low differs between models, so nothing can be ruled out at this point.

The best chance for accumulating snow will be areas to the north and northwest of the low. This would include South Dakota, North Dakota and northern Minnesota. Any snowfall accumulations would be greatly impacted by the above average temperatures we have seen throughout the season, as surface temperatures are still above freezing.

As we mentioned earlier, it is only something to keep an eye on at this point, especially if you have travel plans Thursday into Friday this coming week.

Zach Sharpe

My name is Zach Sharpe. I am the president and forecaster for the Iowa Storm Chasing Network. You can find me on Twitter @Stormchaserzach and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/stormchaserzach/

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