PAST CLIMATE MAPS
Near normal temperatures are favored for much of the upper Midwest which includes the Dakotas and Minnesota. Colder than average temperatures are favored for Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin.
Precipitation is expected to total above normal for Minnesota, much of the Dakotas and northern half of Wisconsin. Near normal precipitation totals are favored for Nebraska, Iowa and southern half of Wisconsin.
Clouds and snow are favored to open the forecast period from Tuesday to Saturday, Dec. 1-5 over the northern states of the Midwest. I can't rule out rain in parts of South Dakota. Precipitation totals should be light.
Sunny and cold weather is expected for the Dakotas and Minnesota and clouds and precipitation is favored over Iowa, Nebraska and southern Wisconsin from Sunday to Wednesday, Dec. 6-9. Locally heavy precipitation totals are possible.
Skies are favored to remain on the unsettled side from Thursday to Tuesday, Dec. 10-15. Look for passing snows with temperatures falling.
Sunny and colder temperatures are expected from Wednesday to Sunday, Dec. 16-20.
Fair skies are favored for an extended period, from Monday, Dec. 21 to Sunday, Dec. 27 for much of the Midwest. There is an opportunity for a significant snow for Minnesota and Wisconsin on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 22-23.
A mix of sun and clouds with passing snows is favored from Monday to Thursday, Dec. 28-31. Temperatures are expected to cool.