Storm tracking further west


Surface pressure pattern and temperatures depicted by the Rapid Update Cycle model valid at 9pm.

The center of low pressure that was expected to track from eastern Kansas to eastern Minnesota today, now appears to be on a path that takes the center of the low even further west.

This results in a slight modification of the forecast. The heaviest snow of more than six inches remains likely in the Red River Valley, but the winds may not be as strong due to the close proximity of the low pressure center. However, when the storm center begins to pull away later tonight the winds will blow and drift the snow in the eastern Dakotas and western Minnesota.

For the Twin Cities there will be a quick-hitting burst of sleet and snow this afternoon. A strong push of drier air at mid levels of the atmosphere could choke off the precipitation this evening. Nonetheless, there may be enough snow and sleet to ice up the roadways this afternoon and early evening.


  • Andy

    This looks like a huge system, judging by the clouds, stretching from northern Mexico to TX and Arkansas to Chicago, around MN and back towards CO and NE. Much bigger than a hurricane. What is the largest system in meteorology? Happy New Year!

  • Craig

    I would refer to this as a nice cold season mid-latitude cyclone. Classic, even the dry slot that cut off the heavy precipitation for eastern Minnesota. Just enough ice to make travel tricky in the Metro. Still nasty out in west central Minnesota tonight.

    Happy New Year.