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.
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.
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.
How do temperatures this winter compare to normal? This graph shows daily high and low temperatures in the Twin Cities from Dec. 1st through Feb. 12th. The green area shows the normal temperature range. Temps have been below normal since February 1st. #mnwx pic.twitter.com/HvPsESyC3r
— NWS Twin Cities (@NWSTwinCities) February 13, 2018
Midwest snow cover
It’s amazing to see the sharp snow cover cutoff over the Midwest from space.
Take a look at northern Illinois & northwest Indiana from space via satellite on Monday. The deep snow cover vs no snow stands out, but also check out the ice on Lake Michigan. Whether a fan of all this snow or not, one has to appreciate this view from high above! #ilwx #inwx pic.twitter.com/s7jeuEfqIc
— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) February 13, 2018
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