Snow tapers off; chilly week ahead

The official Saturday snow tally at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was 2.3 inches. It has snowed a bit since midnight, so the storm total will change slightly.

The National Weather Service Office in Chanhassen reported 4.6 inches.  I measured 3.2 inches in St. Paul.

Some of the higher totals were 7.3 inches in North Mankato and 6.8 inches in Lake Crystal.

Rochester listed a total of 5.6 inches.

You can check snow accumulations for Minnesota and western Wisconsin as they are posted by the NWS. Hover over a location on the NWS snow map to see the snow total and the time of observation.

Additional snow

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s North American Mesoscale forecast model shows snow showers lingering in parts of southern Minnesota this morning, and southeastern Minnesota might also see a few snow showers this afternoon:

NOAA NAM simulated radar Sunday though Sunday evening, via tropicaltidbit

Less than one inch of additional accumulation is expected in the Twin Cities metro area, but parts of southeastern Minnesota could see another inch or two of snow today:

NWS Twin Cities

Warnings and advisories

A winter weather advisory continues until noon in the southern part of the metro area, while a winter storm warning expires at noon in parts of southern Minnesota:

NWS Twin Cities

Details of the winter weather advisory:

MNZ069-070-WIZ024>028-021800-
/O.CON.KMPX.WW.Y.0023.000000T0000Z-181202T1800Z/
Scott-Dakota-Pierce-Dunn-Pepin-Chippewa-Eau Claire-
Including the cities of Shakopee, Hastings, River Falls,
Prescott, Menomonie, Durand, Chippewa Falls, and Eau Claire
347 AM CST Sun Dec 2 2018

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST
TODAY…

* WHAT…Continued light snow. Additional snow accumulations of up
to one inch with storm total accumulations of 2 to 4 inches.
Winds gusting as high as 30 mph.

* WHERE…Portions of west central Wisconsin and east central
Minnesota.

* WHEN…Until noon CST today.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will
cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads
and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

The latest road conditions for Minnesota can be found at
511mn.org and for Wisconsin at 511wi.gov, or by calling 5 1 1 in
either state.

Details of the winter storm warning in southern Minnesota:

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN
347 AM CST Sun Dec 2 2018

…LIGHT SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE MORNING…

.Snow will slowly diminish over the southern third of Minnesota
and west central Wisconsin this morning. Northeast winds gusting
to 40 mph will also lead to areas of blowing and drifting snow.

The Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for locations along
and south of a Madelia to Red Wing line. A Winter Weather
Advisory remains in effect for locations along and south of a
Redwood Falls, to St. Peter, to Bloomer Wisconsin line.

Additional snowfall accumulations of up to 1 inch are expected
this morning. This will result in storm total snowfall
accumulations of 5 to 8 inches in the warning and 3 to 5 inches
across the advisory.

MNZ077-078-082>085-091>093-021800-
/O.CON.KMPX.WS.W.0010.000000T0000Z-181202T1800Z/
Rice-Goodhue-Watonwan-Blue Earth-Waseca-Steele-Martin-Faribault-
Freeborn-
Including the cities of Faribault, Red Wing, St James, Mankato,
Waseca, Owatonna, Fairmont, Blue Earth, and Albert Lea
347 AM CST Sun Dec 2 2018

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TODAY…

* WHAT…Continued snow and blowing snow. Additional snow
accumulations of up to one inch, with storm total snow of 5 to
8 inches. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph.

* WHERE…Portions of south central and southeast Minnesota.

* WHEN…Along and south of a Madelia to Red Wing line.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions. Patchy
blowing snow could reduce visibility.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather
conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you
must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your
vehicle in case of an emergency.

The latest road conditions for Minnesota can be found at
511mn.org and for Wisconsin at 511wi.gov, or by calling 5 1 1 in
either state.

Be careful out there, roads will be slippery.

Updated road conditions will be posted by the Minnesota and Wisconsin Transportation Departments.

Temperature trends

Our Sunday temps will be nearly steady or slowly falling.

Monday highs will be in the 20s:

Our average high temp is 32 degrees this time of year in the Twin Cities.

We’re expecting metro area highs in the low to mid 20s Tuesday through Thursday.

Programming note

You can hear my live weather updates on Minnesota Public Radio at 7:49 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and at 7:35 a.m., 9:35 a.m. and 4:35 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.