Snow ending, but winds staying strong

Thursday was a day with record precipitation totals in a large part of Minnesota, including snowfall records.

Daily records for snowfall were set for April 18th at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (6.4 inches); Duluth (11.2 inches) and St. Cloud (9.4 inches)

Snowfall reports can be found here.

Weather radar depicted patches of snow falling in eastern Minneasota, but the accumulating snow is all but over.


Regional radar screen capture at 620 a.m. CDT.

Source:Weather underground


The national weather picture shows the storm headed east. Severe storms are possible in the southeast U.S. today.


Winds will be brisk through the day, with gusts to 30 mph. As winds ease tonight temperatures are likely to drop to near record lows around the Twin Cities. The record low for Minneapolis/St. Paul for April 20th is 26 F set in 1888.


Forecast of temperatures and winds from RAP valid at noon CDT.

Source:NOAA/College of Dupage

Since March 1, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has measured more than 6 inches of liquid precipitation. Some of this moisture is likely leaking into the topsoil. Much is finding its way to the creeks, streams, ponds and rivers.

More preciptiation is on the way for the weekend. Here’s NOAA’s best forecast of liquid precipitation Sunday.


Heavy rain with embedded thunderstorms clobbered Iowa, northern MIssouri and Illinois on Wednesday and Wednesday night. See these precipitation totals that soaked the landscape.


Awaiting the arrival of Spring? Temperatures will moderate into the 40s on Sunday, with some lower 50s in southwest Minnesota. It has yet to reach 50 F in St. Cloud and 60 F in the Twin Cities.

Craig Edwards

  • Ben

    why does the weather channel say only 20% chance of snow tomorrow afternoon/evening for SW Minnesota but the NWS says 70% chance/ snow likely, how can they be so different?

  • Craig

    Different interpretation of the model data. A blend would be the most accurate. I’m thinking a mix of snow and rain Saturday evening and Sunday.

    GFS model is more aggressive with precipitation amounts and little slower. Details will be worked out this afternoon.

    Either way, I wouldn’t schedule a tee time for Sunday.


  • Lars

    Hi Craig,

    Does the Arctic oscillation and jet stream effect work equally throughout the norther hemisphere? What’s the temp in Northwest Territories?

  • Craig

    Lars, I’m an old school meteorologist who experienced the natural variance of weather long before the data we now have access to.

    Dr. Seeley and Paul Huttner may have evidence that I haven’t explored to answer your question.

    You’ll have to wait for the next episode of climatecast on Thursday for your response.