Relentless winter of 2013-14 rolls on

Winter mojo

Minnesota is earning back our cold weather reputation this winter. The past decade has delivered an unusually high number of mild winters. Golf in January? It has happened in recent years. Not this winter.

Sun dogs Wednesday near Brookings, S.D., along Interstate 29. Photo courtesy of David Bellert

Our vigorous winter of 2013-14 rolls on. Temperatures may ease a bit as we move into February, but right now I don’t see a huge pattern change just yet. In the short term, get ready for more Alberta Clippers and “ground blizzards.”

Twin Cities National Weather Service

Blizzard in progress

Blizzard warnings continue for southwest Minnesota into Thursday. Another full blown “ground blizzard” has already whipped fluffy snowflakes airborne, and dropped visibility to zero in many southwest Minnesota locations.

Here are some of the blizzard reports from Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service.

Twin Cities NWS

 Sub-zero Thursday

Thursday dawns brittle again. Temps will bottom out around -15 in the Twin Cities metro area, and may touch -30 up north.

NOAA

Highs struggle to reach zero statewide Thursday afternoon.

NOAA

Next clipper Friday

Temperatures begin to recover Thursday night and “soar” to near 30 degrees Friday. Of course, we know when it warms up rapidly in winter in Minnesota, it usually snows.

Our next clipper could deliver several more inches Friday and Friday evening. Temperatures plunge again Saturday behind the next arctic front. Here’ a look at temperature and snowfall trends through the weekend, via the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Global Forecast System model.

Weatherspark

Stay tuned, and stay warm!

  • kevins

    Two ground blizzards in six days…whew!. I’m tired of shoveling the sidewalk.

  • Katie Pennig

    How much snow have we had this winter in st paul, mn.