Pattern of most snow.

General Discussions: ASK John: Pattern of most snow.

By Thomas Swanson on Saturday, November 24, 2007 - 01:10 pm: Edit Post

Hi John. Here in NW Minn we don't get lake effect snow. What kind of a weather system would bring us the most inches of snow? Would it be something that came over from the Rockies or an Alberta Clipper type event or something that pushed up straight from the Gulf? Maybe something else? Thanks.


By John Dee on Sunday, November 25, 2007 - 05:49 pm: Edit Post

Thomas-

The best scenario for heavy snow in NW MN would be for an area of low pressure to form in the TX/OK panhandles or western KS and then track to the NE across eastern NE and then right over, or just to the NW of the Twin Cities. This would put you on the cold side of the storm and in it's snow sector. The track would allow the storm to tap into Gulf Moisture and thus bring the largest precip amounts possible.

There are some upper air features that would be most beneficial, but will not get into them as they are not as easy to comprehend unless you are a meteorologist! But if you by chance have a low track like that and you hear a met talking about the upper air longwave trough being negatively tilted, then better have your plow truck ready!

-John


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