Our snow and ice season is making up for lost time.
Roads across Minnesota are snow to ice-covered once again Tuesday. Our pesky winter storm feeds a few more bands of ice and snow our way before pulling out. Patchy precipitation pulls out of Minnesota through midday, and conditions should gradually improve this afternoon.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s High-Resolution Rapid Refresh model shows the wintry mix gradually exiting Minnesota Tuesday.
NOAA, via tropical tidbits
Icy and dicey
It’s one thing to get steady snow. But mix in even a little ice and roads are sketchy to dangerous. Roads conditions are highly variable around Minnesota.
5:55 AM: Roads across central and southern Minnesota are partially or completely covered. Slower travel times already reported in Twin Cities metro. Leave extra time to reach your destination this morning. Check https://t.co/aHQ4hNPqVT for the latest road condition info. #mnwxpic.twitter.com/QlDlBCHkdx
The final totals will come in by Tuesday night, but I’m already seeing snowfall totals over 10 inches near Duluth and along the North Shore into northern Wisconsin. Impressive.
Preliminary morning snowfall totals, via National Weather Service Duluth
Cold air funnels in Tuesday night behind the system. But temperatures recover into the 30s by this weekend.
NOAA, via Weather Bell
Snowy pattern ahead
The upper-air pattern favors southwest flow aloft for the next week. An active jet stream deals low-pressure waves our way basically every other day into early next week.
Our next low-pressure wave arrives late Thursday. With enough cold air still around this time of year, we’re about to be reminded it still snows in Minnesota.
Several models are ramping up a potentiality stronger wave next weekend. The early favored storm track for this one appears to be southeast Minnesota into Wisconsin. That track would spare the Twin Cities from the heaviest snow, but would potentially dump a pile on Rochester and southeast Minnesota communities.
NOAA Global Forecast System for next weekend, via tropical tidbits
Another clipper could potentially sail into Minnesota next Monday.
Many Minnesotans are dealing with snow or a wintry mix this Monday evening, while parts of southeastern Minnesota have light freezing rain. Periods of snow are expected Monday evening through Tuesday morning in most of Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin. Some areas could also see a wintry mix that includes light freezing rain and sleet. Read more →
A complex winter storm is arriving in Minnesota this morning and will hang around into Tuesday. Light snow has been falling across central Minnesota as it makes its way toward Duluth early this Monday morning. Meanwhile, an area of mixed precipitation has been expanding across southern Minnesota. Snowy Monday Areas of snow will expand, track Read more →
Northern Minnesota saw some generous snow totals on Sunday: I also saw a report of 10 inches in Bemidji and 8 inches in Bagley. Additional reports will come in, but we already have some impressive snow totals! You can check the National Weather Service snow report map for updated snow totals. If you’re checking the Read more →
Minnesota will be dealing with two bouts of wintry weather this Sunday into early Tuesday. The first round of precipitation will involve heavy snow in northern Minnesota today. Round two will be a mix of snow and freezing rain late Sunday night into early Tuesday for much of Minnesota. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Read more →
Snow is likely in northern Minnesota on Sunday, and some areas are expected to see 4 to 8 inches. Here’s a summary from the National Weather Service office in Duluth: Most of northern Minnesota is in a winter storm watch for Sunday. Here’s the northeastern Minnesota portion of the watch: Details of the northeastern Minnesota Read more →
We had a chilly Friday, but our weekend temps will be milder. Many spots in southern Minnesota will see highs in the lower 30s Saturday afternoon, with mostly 20s in the north. One year ago, we reached 63 degrees in the Twin Cities, and 60s are very rare this time of year: Our average high Read more →