Big Midwestern cities such as Minneapolis and Chicago are still expected to have the worst of winter with clobbering, above-normal snowfall.
It will be a long winter for the Midwest, despite some updates to the AccuWeather.com 2011-12 Winter Forecast.
Breakdown of the Updates to the Midwest Winter Forecast:
-Frequency and Duration of Cold Blasts are Lower, especially for December
-Worst of Winter Expected in January and February
The updated snowfall forecast for this winter has not changed much for Minneapolis since the initial release of the AccuWeather.com 2011-12 Winter Forecast. Paul Pastelok, expert long-range meteorologist and leader of the AccuWeather.com Long-Range Forecasting Team, still expects above-normal snowfall, falling in the range of 50-55 inches. The normal snowfall for Minneapolis is 50 inches.
The heaviest snow is forecast to fall south and east of Minneapolis this winter along the northern and western edge of the frequent storm track.
Chicago should anticipate snowfall amounts well above normal, which is 39 inches. The snow total for the season could approach or top 50 inches.
The collapsed roof of the Metrodome is shown in this aerial view in Minneapolis on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. The inflatable roof of the Metrodome collapsed Sunday after a snowstorm that dumped 17 inches on Minneapolis. No one was hurt, but the roof failure sent the NFL scrambling to find a new venue for the Vikings' game against the New York Giants. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski pointed out that the normal-smashing snowfall for Chicago will be a shock to the system following a very slow start to the snow season. Measurable snow has yet to fall in Chicago with only a few occurrences of snow showers.
The following is a list of the latest measurable snowfalls in Chicago:
-Dec. 16, 1965
-Dec. 14, 2001
-Dec. 12, 1946
-Dec. 10, 2003
-Dec. 9, 1948
Pastelok also stressed that the worst of winter should hit in January and February.
Repeating and slow-moving storms will raise the risk of flash flooding and damaging winds over the northern and central High Plains into Thursday night.
As July draws to a close, a storm system swinging up from the Deep South will bring downpours to the northeastern U.S. and break the back of an extended heat wave.
Highs will run between 10 and 15 degrees Fahrenheit above average across much of the interior western United States into the upcoming weekend.
The heat felt across the United Kingdom during the middle of July has faded and is not expected to return through at least the first week of August.
The Formula One season continues this weekend, and disruptive showers and thunderstorms may impact the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim.
Another postponement may be in store at Pocono Raceway as widespread showers and thunderstorms threaten Pennsylvania on Sunday.
Western Pacific (1990)
Typhoon Steve east of Iwo Jimo. Peak winds of 125 mph sustained gusts to 155 mph.
5-12" of rain north of Denver led to serious flash flooding (28th-29th). 108 mobile homes were destroyed and 481 others were damaged in Ft. Collins. 5 people were killed and 40 others injured.
Sharon, PA (1999)
70 mph wind gus in a thunderstorm.