Currently in Melbourne — December 13th, 2022

Currently in Melbourne — December 13th, 2022
A little bit of everything today. (Apart from summer heat.)

The weather, currently.

Partly cloudy, with showers and a fair bit of wind.

Today will be partly cloudy with a high chance of showers, most likely in the afternoon and early evening. It will be a chilly wake-up temperature of 11˚C, but a clear and partly sunny morning. We’ll reach our top of 17˚C before lunchtime, which is when the showers are also likely to appear. Westerly winds of 15 to 20 km/h will tend north-westerly from 20 to 30 km/h early in the morning, then tending north-westerly to south-westerly from 25 to 40 km/h in the middle of the day. Gale force wind warnings are present on Port Phillip and Western Port Bays, the Gippsland Lakes, and the Central, Central Gippsland and East Gippsland Coasts. Strong wind warnings are in place for the West Coast. There will be possible small hail in the evening. Something for everyone!

— Megan Herbert

What you need to know, currently.

A winter storm blanketed the American West over the weekend, covering the mountain areas with snow. It is now set to make its way across the U.S., bringing blizzard conditions, tornadoes and flooding this week.

The storm has already inundated parts of the West with avalanche warnings, shutting down major highways as ice blankets the roads. In fact, more than 10 million people in more than a dozen  states are under some level of weather alert as well as a multiday severe storm threat. Blizzard warnings are in effect for parts of eastern Wyoming and central Nebraska.

The storm will strengthen as it moves east. It will bring snow to the Rockies Monday night, while the Upper Midwest, and northern and central Plains will see heavy snowfall Monday night into Tuesday.

“The highest snow totals are currently forecast for western South Dakota and northwestern Nebraska,” according to Currently’s Chief Meteorologist Megan Montero. “Winds will also increase with this storm system.”

Montero broke down what the Plains can expect with this system —

“Blizzard conditions are expected. In order for a storm to be called a blizzard, it MUST meet these 3 requirements:

1) Sustained wind or frequent gusts of 35 mph or greater.

2) Considerable falling and/or blowing snow reducing visibility to under a quarter mile.

3) These conditions must continue for at least three consecutive hours.”

—Aarohi Sheth

What you can do, currently.