Bitter cold in upper Midwest, while California braces for record-breaking high temperatures

A dry trend is being monitored across the Southwest.

— -- A developing system in the central U.S. brought light snow Saturday to parts of the upper Midwest, including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan.

Snowfall totals have been generally light from Minnesota to southern Michigan with 1 inch to 3 inches in general falling in the aforementioned areas. But across northern Michigan, enhanced lake effect snow dumped around 4 inches to 5 inches of snow. And near Watertown, New York, lake effect snow dumped nearly 10 inches of new snow.

Some of the precipitation is falling as a mixture in the northern suburbs of Atlanta, extreme western South Carolina, North Carolina and southwest Virginia. The risk for icy conditions will continue from northern Georgia through western Maryland through this morning. Locally, over a tenth of an inch of ice is expected in that region through Sunday morning.

Parts of the upper Midwest, including Minneapolis and Fargo are under a wind chill advisory Sunday morning due to wind chills as low as -20 degrees to -30 degrees. Frost bite could set in as soon as 30 minutes in these conditions. The wind chill advisory will expire and end at noon on Sunday, as temperatures will "moderate" during the afternoon and evening in Minneapolis.

For anyone traveling to the Super Bowl Sunday morning, if you're outside, it will be quite uncomfortable and dangerous Sunday morning. On Sunday afternoon and evening, wind chills will be stuck in the negative single digits for Minneapolis, and at game time, the wind chill will be near -10 degrees. Luckily, since the game is being played indoors, the kickoff forecast is between 65 degrees and 70 degrees.

On Tuesday, another disturbance will form in the south central U.S. that should bring some more rain to the Southeast. There is increasing concern that some ice and snow could develop on the northern side of this system and hamper travel Tuesday night from Oklahoma and Kansas to the Tennessee/Kentucky Valley.

While the Southeast has been starting to get a few good shots of beneficial rain, there is currently no rain in the forecast for the entire southwest U.S. through the next 7 days. The February climate outlook is showing likely drier than average conditions for this region of the country. Unless a significant pattern change were to take place in the next 1-2 months, as we head towards the end of winter and beginning of spring, it seems drought will continue to be a developing story across the southwest US.