Golden Snowball Challenge: Let it begin

The entrants are locked in with their estimates of the snowfall. Many of the “big names” have backed off from their dire warnings of a few days ago, although if you put your ear to the wall, you can hear a few meteorologists wringing their hands with thoughts of new records for snowfall. We’ll see. Here’s the official News Cut “Are We There Yet?” tracker.

And here are our final contestants for this round:

Meteorologist
Prediction
Official
Belinda Jensen (KARE)
10-13"
11.5"
Craig Edwards (MPR)
14"
14"
Jonathan Yuhas (KARE)
6-12"
9"
Chris Shaffer (WCCO)
19-21"
20"
Erik Maitland (KMSP)
6-12"
9"
Keith Marler (KMSP)
10-14"
12"
Huttner, Paul (MPR)
12-18"
15"
Paul Douglas
8-12"
10"
Ron Trenda (WCCO)
9-14"
11.5"
Patrick Hammer (KSTP)
7-14"
10.5"
Dave Dahl (KSTP)
8-14"
11"
National Weather Serivce
16-22"
19"
Ian Leonard (KMSP)
10-14″
12″

Remember these are projections for the metro area, as per the official rules.

Obviously you’ll be able to find the latest weather information all over the MPR Web site. But if you’re just having fun and enjoying things, feel free to tell me your story below.

  • http://wildgoosedj.vox.com/ jp

    Wow Shaffer is goign way out on a limb there. Dicey but who knows? Maybe it’ll pay off.

  • Bob Collins

    I notice that some of the meteorologists have revised their predictions — upward — tonight. But the predictions are locked down. It’s like a horserace.

    One meteorologist said two feet a few days ago, progressively backed down to 8 inches in the city, and now — from what I can tell — is back up to 20″.

    Such a business!

  • Charles Nelson

    I like the Paul Douglas method of predicting snow – take the bottom number and divide by two….So 16-22 inches – 16/2=8. Not sure if this method will work for this storm but on other occasions it has…….

  • MBM

    I love that these folks are celebrities around here!

  • Mike Cepek

    Congrats to Paul Douglas for winning the Golden Snowball Challenge for this snowstorm (final total = 9.8″).