First onset of winter?

Yesterday I took in my kayak and that might have been a good idea, since according to SMHI we’ll get a snowstorm tomorrow afternoon. Today SMHI, the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, released a level 2 warning snowfall for the coastal Västerbotten, which is quite high since there are only three warning levels.

Varning klass 2 snöfall som kan ge kraftig drivbildning

(Warning level 2 snowfall which can give strong snowdrifts)

smhi, 2014-11-03

SMHI writes about 15 cm snow fall (locally more) and wind up to 19 m/s, which is almost 70 km/h. The days after we’ll get permanent frost so that snow will remain on the ground which will instantly transform dark and rainy autumn into light, white and snowy winter, at least for some days.

Especially in Skelleftehamn, where I live, and in Bureå 10 km southward, we sometimes get a weather situation called lake effect, which can bring huge amounts of snow in a short time. People living near the Great Lakes know what I’m talking about. So I’m quite curious how much snow we’ll get this time. 10 cm? 40 cm? 80 cm? I bet on only 10 cm, but who knows …

Here’re some photos from the lake effect snow we got on the 1st of December, 2012:
From bare ground to 83 cm snow in 24 hours.

Update (4th of November, 15:07)

An interesting combination: The level two warning is still active and the wind already increased, but the SMHI forecasts exactly 0 mm precipitation for Skelleftehamn. So I guess we won’t get a single snow flake this time.

Update (5th of November, 07:53)

When I was out shopping food yesterday I saw some lonely snowflakes that immediately melted on the still wet ground. That was all. This morning we have -6 °C but no snow at all. Pity!

4 comments to “First onset of winter?”

  1. Annika 2014-11-03 22:32

    Take care!

  2. way-up-north 2014-11-03 22:35

    Of course, Annika. I guess I’ll stay home to avoid getting stuck in town after work.

  3. Ma HB 2014-11-05 18:43

    Dear Olaf,
    Without snow – what a pity.
    But more better, than to much of snow und storm. You should be satisfied because of winterbeginning..
    It will come soon and can take very, very long – perhaps to long. And than?
    What a pity!!
    Yours Ma HB

  4. way-up-north 2014-11-05 19:50

    Dear Ma HB. You know me, I do love winter even if it’s long. And it would be less dark outside with a layer of fresh snow. But I can wait, it’s just beginning of November.

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