Sayonara, subzero. Auf Wiedersehen, wind chill. Buh-bye, bitter cold.
No matter what weather dialect you prefer, the result is the same. It’s warming up out there.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Global Forecast System model paints the transition from shades of purple to blue to green in the next 48 hours.
January thaw encore
Our change in air masses is courtesy of a milder Pacific breeze. Our winds blow more from Seattle than Yukon the rest of this week. Much of Minnesota gets at least two January thaws this year. Temperatures peak Friday afternoon in the low 40s in the Twin Cities.
Sunday snow: wide ranging solutions
We’re still four days out from our possible Sunday snow system. The forecast this far out is like a game of pin the tail on the weather donkey. The blindfold is the forecast models. The layer of gauze over our eyes is just thick enough to obscure the shape of the forecast.
There are still wide-ranging solutions on precise storm track, and thus where the heavy snow band will lay out. Fargo, N.D.? Twin Cities? Rochester?
Again, these solutions will change, but one of these models may end up being pretty close at this point. The big question? Which one? It’s still too early to trust “inches” but the maps below give you a taste of snowfall potential and range of geographic solutions.
The Canadian GEM model did well with the last system. It brings rain into the Twin Cities Sunday. This model lays the heaviest snow band north of the Twin Cities.
NOAA’s GFS model paints the heavy snow band axis just southeast of the Twin Cities, with significant metro accumulations.
The overnight run from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts model has dialed back considerably on precipitation totals for the Twin Cities. The Euro was cranking out over an inch of liquid (possibly a foot of snow) for the Twin Cities. The overnight run dialed that back to .31 inch of liquid, which would translate into a few inches of snow.
Again, watch for more changes in the next 72 hours before we hit the optimal inches forecast window Saturday.
The southern states are getting in on winter this year. I’m not throwing Yankee weather shade here, but it’s amazing how what passes for typical winter weather here in Minnesota is closer to a civil emergency in the South. They’re just not equipped to deal with winter the way we are.
— Justin Rypel (@jrips27) January 17, 2018
Here’s a shot of the Blue Norther that blew through San Antonio, Texas.
Frozen pipes are a real issue with this kind of cold.
No more wintry precipitation expected tonight but the very cold temperatures have prompted a Hard Freeze Warning through Wednesday morning. Stay warm! #txwx
— NWS Austin/San Antonio (@NWSSanAntonio) January 17, 2018
Check out the dash cam video of a meteor streaking across the Michigan sky last night.
Cape Town running out of water?
Why do climate scientists warn that even small climate shifts can have dramatic consequences? Ask people in Cape Town how they’re feeling about their dwindling water supply.
— Climate Central (@ClimateCentral) January 16, 2018
Climate change refugees increasing
University of St. Thomas professor and frequent MPR Climate Cast guest John Abraham pens this eye-opening piece on the impact of climate change and forced migration.
The refugee crisis – particularly in the Mediterranean area – has received large amounts of new attention in the… https://t.co/4hYHxSzfK9
— Skeptical Science (@skepticscience) January 17, 2018