Red River Valley snow drought continues; accumulating snow expected south

Bet you didn’t think there would be more snow on the ground in LIttle Rock, Ark., than the Twin Cities at this time of the year. Arkansas received a big dump of snow on Christmas night. The snow depth at Little Rock on Wednesday was 10 inches, while the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport reported a mere inch on the ground.

Fargo, ND has tallied only 13.1 inches of snow for the season, about five inches below normal to date.


Storm total snowfall. Source:NWS Little Rock, AR

This picture from Arkansas has the flavor of a Minnesota landscape in December.


Image: NWS Little Rock, AR

Snow will develop in eastrern South Dakota today and spread east. A Winter Weather Advisory has been posted for the region from Sioux Falls, SD to Albert Lea and Mankato for later today and tonight.


NOAA’s Prediction center has a small probability of snowfall reaching four inches by 7 a.m. CST Friday.


Most likely region to accumulate four inches of snow. Source:NOAA

Looking to get out and enjoy some of the snow and perhaps a little ice fishing? Check out this web link to the Minnesota DNR.

More information on winter weather safety can be found at this website provided by NOAA.

The predicted high temperatures on Saturday are in the seasonal range, with winds around 10 mph.


For coffee shop small talk today; Fargo has an annual precipitation deficit approaching 8 inches for 2012. Indianapolis accumulated 7.5 inches of snow on Wednesday, while Central Park, NY recorded more than an inch and a half of rain.

Snowfall in the Twin Cities should be on the order of an inch or two in the next twenty-four hours. Looks to be good quality snow flakes in southern Minnesota later today and tonight.

Craig Edwards

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