Weekend Forecast: Arctic air oozes south, Monday snow?

It was nice to hear the sound of dripping icicles (and roof dams?) for a change. At this time of the year, we can almost forget that water has a liquid phase in Minnesota.

Even though I shovel, I saw the deck boards on the weather lab deck Friday for the first time in months. At least there’s hope!

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Friday’s clipper dumped a pretty good shot of snow to northeast Minnesota. Winter Storm Warnings for as much as 6″ to 12″ of new snowfall are keeping folks busy from Ely to the North Shore and Iron Range. Winds off of Lake Superior produced some “lake enhanced” snowfall totals near the North Shore.

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As the clipper sails by winds will shift into the northwest again and colder air will ooze south again once more. This does not look as attention getting as the last cold air outbreak a week ago…but you’ll notice the wintery encore by Sunday.

Next snow Monday?

The computers are battling it out again over the next potential snow maker moving this way Sunday night into Monday. Some of the model trends steer the bulk of the snow south into Iowa and southern Minnesota, and some trends indicate the metro could get clipped by a general area of 1″ to 3″+ of snow. It’s still a bit early in the process, but there may be at least some snow by rush hour Monday morning to contend with.

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There’s plenty to do this weekend including the Winter Carnival Grand Day Parade and ice sculptures in St Paul, and Pond Hockey North America Championships in Excelsior.

The weather should cooperate, but a cooler breeze Saturday with temps falling through the 20s will make it feel a little more like winter. By Sunday, temps in the single digits will remind us why the Winter Carnival is schedule this time of year!

Have a great weekend!

PH

  • Ryan

    I thought we were having an unusually snowy winter but the older folks down here in Mankato tell me that years ago this is how it was all the time. Are we entering into another wet cycle in the upcoming years?