Band of snow as viewed from above


From this visible satellite image taken around 3PM you can clearly see the band of snow through southeast Minnesota. Clouds obsure the snow in the far southeas corner of the state. High clouds were already advancing quickly across northwest Minnesota.

The Chanhassen NWS Office posted an annotated image on their website.


Another cold front is tracking in our direction. After a little gain on the thermometer on Wednesday, we’ll be looking at the good chance for more sub zero readings on Friday morning. This morning it was a nippy 17 degrees below zero at Babbitt and Cook in northern Minnesota. Princeton was down to 1 below zero around daybreak.

Clouds and a few theatrical quality flurries kept temperatures from dipping much below the middle teens from the Twin Cities to Caledonia.

Little if any snow is on tap for the rest of the week. Models have been consistent with a moderation to at or slightly above the thawing point on Sunday. Here’s a look at the GFS model surface temperatures and wind for noon on Sunday.


Might as well jump ahead to next week and get an idea for temperatures for the middle part of December. Normal temperatures continue the steady decline as we move towards the heart of winter. Normal highs slip into the 20s with lows dropping close to the single digits.


Dashed lines on the image are for the daily mean temperature.


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