A dusting of snow greeted many east of the Missouri over the lunch hour. The big flakes came down slowly but offered little in the way of moisture.
Still, we will warm back into the 30s, 40s and 50s; even as much of the eastern United States is stuck in a cold spell. This break from winter will be all too brief. This round of frosty temperatures and wind should shape up into one of the coldest of our winter.
A Siberian cold air mass will funnel down from northern Canada early next week and it looks like the cold will stick around for a while. Lows below zero should be common in northeastern KELOLAND for much of next week as bitter northwest winds continue to move in.
Wintertime cold can follow several routes. Large systems often track just north of us and strengthen in eastern Canada. Frigid winds on the back side of these storms often make it all the way into the Dakotas, even if the snow from them does not. Siberian air can also follow paths from the west and almost due north, depending on where the jet stream is set up.
Since north winds will be flowing over snow-packed ground from the Arctic to KELOLAND, we're looking at a chilly week.