Valentine’s Day thaw; snow chances growing next week?

Our long advertised thaw blows into Minnesota Wednesday. Temperatures soar well into the 30s up north, with 40s in southern Minnesota. Thermometers in snow-free western Minnesota push 50 degrees this afternoon.

Our one-day thaw hits the brakes Thursday into Friday with the next cold front. But warmer-than-average temperatures in the 30s return this weekend.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, via Weather Bell

Snow chances growing

A couple minor upper-air disturbances sail by Minnesota Thursday night and Saturday with very light snow chances. The better chance of snow arrives Sunday and Monday. It’s still too early to be confident about precise storms track, how much snow or what the impact will be.

Here’s the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Global Forecast System.

NOAA GFS model for Sunday and Monday, via tropical tidbits

February’s winter speed bump

Temperatures ran close to average for December and January. But Wednesday will be the first day in February with above average temperatures. So far, February is running 11 degrees colder than average at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Midwest snow cover

It’s amazing to see the sharp snow cover cutoff over the Midwest from space.

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