Quick burst; thunder south


Snow at the Huttner Weather Lab in the west metro as of 1:30pm near 2″

The first wave of snow with this system has produced fairly intense snowfall rates as it moves through the metro.

Chanhassen has picked up a quick 3″. Deephaven reports 2″ in about 2.5 hours.

Thundersnow has been reported at Lakeville, Waseca, Owatonna, Faribault, Austin and Rochester. These convective snow bands are producing snowfall rates of 1″ to 2″ per hour from the southeast metro southward to the Iowa border.

With 3″ already down at Chanhassen in the southwest metro, the going forecast of a range of 3″ to 7″ inches for the metro still looks fairly good. The best chance of 7″ appears to be in the southeast metro in Dakota County.

Latest radar trends indicate snow intensities may diminish a bit by PM rush. Hopefully plows will be able to keep up in most metro locations.

Stay tuned!

Twin Cities radar loop

Latest surface map

Current hourly surface reports

Twin Cities NWS storm page


  • sarah

    I went out to clean off the car and take some clothes to the dry cleaners. As I left the house I walked through a good 2.5″ of snow to get to the car parked on the street. I cleaned off the driver’s side of the car, working my way around the front to the other side, and by the time I got back to the driver’s side it was coated with snow again. I cleaned it off quickly and got in the car.

    Visibility in my St. Paul neighborhood is less than one-quarter mile and maneuvering my Honda Civic through the very wet accumulated snow was a challenge as well. I made it four blocks to the dry cleaners. Of course, after I got out of the parked car, my laundry was no longer dry as I entered the store. The clerk was quick to check-in the clothes and issue my ticket in less than a minute. When I returned to my car, I had to get out the brush and wipe it down yet again.

    If I had been more adventurous, I was going to continue to the post office and grocery store. As I went around the block to turn back home, the snow was melting as it hit the windshield, then freezing at the bottom where the wipers swished over it, packing it into a shelf of ice. The rear window defroster couldn’t keep up with the snow either. So much for being adventurous but there’s adventurous and then there’s smashed up in a car accident. I’d rather be a wimp, I guess.

    If you have to be outside, just build a snow-person or a fort. If you don’t have to be outside, then snuggle up with a good book. Mine: “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch.

    Happy Snowstorm everyone!

  • bsimon

    “If you don’t have to be outside, then snuggle up with a good book. Mine: “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch.”

    Good call. I’ll be building a fire in the fireplace when I get home. The book I’m reading is called… ‘Snow’.

  • Jen

    YAAAAYYYYYYYYYY SNOW!!!!!!! We get good snow so infrequently now that I’m taking tomorrow off to go play in it.

    (Thank you very much for not approaching winter weather like the typical forecasters. If I hear another forecaster whine about normal winter weather, I’ll scream.)

    I’m planning to cross-country skiing in a local park, have tea at a small coffee shop, then snow shoe, make snow angels, sled and make snowmen… we never get too old to play in the snow. 🙂

  • momkat

    I drove from downtown St Paul to Apple Valley from 12:30 to 1:30 this afternoon. Visability was just feet south of the river, windshield kept getting clogged with frozen slush, my little Toyota Matrix slipped and slithered. Definitely the worst drive of the winter for (retired) me. But lunch with my pals was sure fun!

  • Paul Huttner

    Hi Folks:

    It’s great to see people CELEBRATING the storm! I know this is seroius and a big pain to anyone trying to travel today, so I’m not taking it lightly. But it’s so good to know that you enjoy a good snow storm like I do!