Fall is that time of year that we expect change; the changes from the warmth of summer to the chill of winter; from green trees, to bare branches. These changes can be quite tumultuous here in Connecticut, but we’ve been getting spoiled this year with plenty of sunshine and above average warmth.
November, though, is when we see some of the biggest changes in our weather not just in Connecticut, but all across the nation. November is when fall turns from more like summer to more like winter, and that means snow. A rather long period of mild temperatures across a large swath of the United States began coming to an end this week as the first major winter storm of 2016 blasted its way across the Great Plains and Upper Midwest, dropping over 10 inches of snow in parts of Minnesota, and ushering in temperatures that dropped into the single digits this morning in North Dakota. Temperatures dropped 55 degrees in Bismarck ND and 46 degrees in Dallas TX over a 72 hour period as the storm system passed. The national snow depth map shows an even more dramatic display of how quickly things can change in November, which showed almost no snow cover across the continental United States just this past Thursday, and today shows over 19% under a blanket of white.
So, it’s cold in the Midwest, but it is going to be about 60 degrees across most of Connecticut today. It’s warmer here than in much of Texas. Enjoy it while it lasts, though; the weather system that brought those dramatic changes out west is storming its way in our direction. Our sunshine and unseasonably warm conditions today are going to give way to chilly, raw conditions tomorrow. Temperatures across Connecticut are going to fall anywhere from 15 to 20 degrees, accompanied by rain showers, and yes, some snow mixing in, with perhaps some light, slushy accumulation across Litchfield County. And, it looks like the chilly weather is here to stay for at least the next week, with us waking up to temperatures below or around freezing in many locations across the state this week.
Enjoy this warm, sunny, and spectacular November Saturday, because we’ve got a chilly showery, and snowy November Sunday coming tomorrow. November’s winds of change are blowing on.
by John Conway StormTeam8 Intern