Game On: Snowy pattern could produce 1-2 FEET next 2 weeks!

3″ to 5″ snowfall totals in much of the metro Monday night

4″ to 7” for much of northeast Minnesota today!

9 to 1 snow to rain ratio (That’s a pretty “wet” snowfall)

.44″ liquid from snowfall in New Hope

4 months since we’ve seen this much precipitation in the metro (October 12th .54″)

Active jet stream now racing through the Upper Midwest

Several snow systems likely in next 2 weeks

1.5″ to 2″ GFS liquid precip output next 2 weeks

12″ to 20+” snowfall possible for some Minnesota locations next 2 weeks?

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Instant winter wonderland at the weather lab Tuesday

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NWS snowfall totals from Monday/Tuesday’s snow event

Here we go:

It’s official.

Somebody flipped Minnesota’s snow switch to the “on” position.

Monday’s productive snow system was the first wave in what looks to be a series of snow systems aiming for Minnesota in the next 2 weeks.

If the forecasts verify, some parts of Minnesota could pick up 1 to 2 FEET of snow in the next 2 weeks including Monday’s snowfall.

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A series of storms?

The GFS accurately predicted Monday night’s snow system, and it’s keeping things active. Here’s a break down of potential snow systems in the next 2 weeks according to the GFS.

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Wednesday night & Thursday: A clipper like system capable of producing a few more inches (another 1″ to 3″+) of snow.

Sunday & Monday: A potential “major winter storm” capable of producing heavy snowfall (6″+?) somewhere in Minnesota depending on storm track.

March 3rd: Another system possible

March 7-8th: Yet another rain/snow system possible

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Bosco The Weather Cat surveys the situation

Snow adding up?

If the GFS verifies, total snowfall (including last night & today’s system) could be 1 to 2 feet in parts of Minnesota in the next 2 weeks. The last few GFS runs have been cranking out anywhere from 1.5″ to 2″+ the next 2 weeks, and that should translate into more than a foot of snow for some Minnesota locations.

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4″ of heavy wet snow weighs down weather lab shrub

Keep in mind it’s not spring yet, and the potential for heavy snow lingers another 5 weeks or so in Minnesota.

This could be great news for easing Minnesota’s severe drought.

Stay tuned!

PH

  • http://www.claireannethoen.com Claire in St. Paul

    That is one handsome Weather Cat.

    I’m guessing Bosco is recommending shoveling away this (heavy) snow since more is on the way.

  • http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2012/02/game_on_snowy_pattern_could_pr.shtml Margaret

    Would Bosco be named after Joannes de Sacro Bosco, by any chance?

  • Paul Huttner

    Thanks for the comments about “Handsome Bosco!”

    Bosco is sort of a rescue cat. A family nearby had to let him go because their son was seriously allergic. We took him in, and kept his name.

    He’s the best, handsomest cat ever.

    PH

  • art

    After going outside this morning and attempting to remove the snow, I immediately converted our dishwasher into a snowblower: got the wife a new shovel.