Brief Winter Respite
At least we got to come up for air this week.
Our brief February Thaw resumes Wednesday. Winter resumes with a vengeance Thursday as the next winter storm smacks eastern Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin.
It was nice to see my driveway again while it lasted!
44 degrees — high temp at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport Tuesday
Dec. 28 — last time we got this warm in Minnesota with 47 degrees at MSP
Tuesday was the warmest day in nearly 8 weeks in Minnesota. We enjoy one more day of thaw Wednesday. Temperatures will be a few degrees cooler, but we’ll still be melting a little snow off the streets and driveways.
Thursday Snowmageddon and blizzard potential
Thursday’s late winter storm is looking like the real deal. There are still track issues to be resolved on Wednesday’s model runs, but what looks nearly certain is that eastern Minnesota into Wisconsin will get a major snow blitz with ferocious winds.
Here’s a look at the system as it rides in and wraps up Thursday in the Upper Midwest. Click the map to animate.
A wind whipped heavy wet snow will blast the region. There could be some double digit snowfall totals in eastern Iowa, eastern Minnesota and Wisconsin. Here’s the view from the Duluth office of the National Weather Service.
The La Crosse, Wis., NWS weighs in.
The Twin Cities lines up on the western edge of the heavy snow belt Thursday. Any subtle track changes could make a huge difference in snowfall totals. Stay tuned as I tweak track and snowfall totals Wednesday.
Bottom Line: Be prepared for snow starting around midnight Wednesday night, and a major winter storm Thursday.