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Gotten two heavy showers thus far this morning with flurries in between. Maybe .2" out there, nothing to write home about. Slightly above freezing. The good part is at least it sticks to the glacier. 

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The pavement only has an inch, but I was surprised to measure 1.8" (including slush) on the snow board.  That is in line with other reports from the area.  To no one's surprise, the Des Moines area was the winner yet again with about 7".  This must be four or five storms this winter in which they've been the winners.

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3 minutes ago, mimillman said:

DAB+ on grassy surfaces. Nailed it

need another DAB+ to roll through + a back end DAB+ tomorrow morning to bring the dusty low total to a nice even 2"

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These snow showers briefly dump and then the sun comes out and melts everything that just fell. It's painful. Only real chance for accums is tonight, most models indicate about an inch is possible. I'll take it. Though looks warm tomorrow too. 

 

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Have had periods of SN/+SN around here with the convective showers moving through.

Most recent one featured graupel up to pea size.


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12 minutes ago, mimillman said:

This is so much fun

been awhile since since I've seen cloudy and 35 degrees.

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11 minutes ago, A-L-E-K said:

wait until you see what the euro has in store for later

Oh I saw it. We're going to have to salt the roads in the city ahead of all of the light rain and 40 degrees to come.

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Everything here melting on contact pretty much, even with moderate snow earlier. Just had a heavy band come in that I could hear from inside. Thought it was raining, looked out and it was pouring snow and graupel. Got a coating on elevated surfaces and light dusting on the grass in about 4 minutes. Stopped as fast as it started.

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see RC going with 1-2" overnight into tommorow AM in pm afd. Might get Alek to his dusty 2" call 7 days out for chicago area peeps. At this point I'll take anything.

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The heavier returns are fun.  Noticed something interesting... the lighter returns seemed to have bigger flakes.  The heavier returns were small-medium sized flakes but they were just pouring down.

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2 minutes ago, Hoosier said:

The heavier returns are fun.  Noticed something interesting... the lighter returns seemed to have bigger flakes.  The heavier returns were small-medium sized flakes but they were just pouring down.

Noticed the same. 

You can tell when a snow shower went past quite easily by looking at the temperature graph.

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Mostly graupel here with the recent shower that came through. Local news crew hit a pretty good snow burst in the western part of the county. 

 

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Picked up 0.1" of slushy snow earlier. It was a November or April like rain snow kitchen sink.  Narrow band of around 2" between Jackson and ann arbor but even that is rapidly melting. I'm at 15.0" on the season but 11.9" of that fell between November 30th and December 29th.

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Over on the other side of the Midwest, blizzard or near-blizzard conditions have been hitting Omaha to Des Moines. Omaha has had many hours of 1mi visibility or less with gusts above 40 kt, with some damage to trees.

KOMA 151352Z 33030G48KT 1/2SM R14R/2600V4000FT SN BLSN VV012 M02/M03 A2954 RMK AO2 PK WND 31050/1310 SLP009 P0002 T10171033

KOMA 151752Z 33027G45KT 1/2SM R14R/2200V4500FT -SN BLSN BKN013 OVC019 M01/M02 A2964 RMK AO2 PK WND 33045/1744 SLP047 P0001 60007 4/002 933003 T10111022 11011 21017 51034

This is just a section of the storm reports from the last 2 days. If I plotted all the Great Plains storm reports, it would be filled with wind reports

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Radar looks good for a period of light snow over most of LOT CWA tonight into tomorrow AM. We may manage 1” on grassy surfaces. It’ll be the first all snow event for the city of the season.

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