Snowstorm totals; the cold facts about this weekend

Friday’s snowstorm was memorable in much of southern Minnesota.

Here are a few snow totals received by Friday evening, and higher totals are possible when the final tally arrives:

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN
900 PM CST Fri Jan 18 2019


Location                     Amount    Time/Date       Provider
5W Clarks Grove              11.0 in   0730 PM 01/18   Public
Sherburn                     10.0 in   0720 PM 01/18   Public
Granada                      9.0 in    0730 PM 01/18   Public
Albert Lea                   8.5 in    0700 PM 01/18   Public
New Richland                 8.5 in    0600 PM 01/18   Public
Glenville                    8.0 in    0550 PM 01/18   Public
Ellendale                    8.0 in    0730 PM 01/18   Public
Amboy                        8.0 in    0530 PM 01/18   Coop Observer
St. James                    6.0 in    0430 PM 01/18   Public
Fairmont                     6.0 in    0430 PM 01/18   Public
Mankato                      5.0 in    0845 PM 01/18   Broadcast Media
Waseca                       4.0 in    0500 PM 01/18   Public
St. Peter                    3.7 in    0620 PM 01/18   Public
Appleton                     2.6 in    0215 PM 01/18   Trained Spotter
Northfield                   2.5 in    0840 PM 01/18   Public
Olivia                       2.0 in    0245 PM 01/18   Public
Lakeville                    1.6 in    0825 PM 01/18   Public
Prior Lake                   1.5 in    0545 PM 01/18   Trained Spotter
Lonsdale                     1.5 in    0400 PM 01/18   Public
Shakopee                     1.3 in    0705 PM 01/18   Trained Spotter
Burnsville                   1.1 in    0845 PM 01/18   Broadcast Media
Chanhassen NWS               0.5 in    0600 PM 01/18   Official NWS Obs

Observations are collected from a variety of sources with varying
equipment and exposures. We thank all volunteer weather observers
for their dedication. Not all data listed are considered official.

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.

Cold temps and wind chills

A wind chill advisory continues through this Saturday morning over northern Minnesota and much of western and central Minnesota:

NWS Twin Cities

Details of the portion of that advisory that includes St. Cloud:

National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN
205 AM CST Sat Jan 19 2019


.A Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect through 11 AM for
locations along and west of a Granite Falls, to St. Cloud, and
Mora line where wind chill values of 25 below zero are expected.

Douglas-Todd-Morrison-Mille Lacs-Kanabec-Stevens-Pope-Stearns-
Benton-Lac Qui Parle-Swift-Chippewa-Yellow Medicine-
Including the cities of Alexandria, Long Prairie, Little Falls,
Princeton, Mora, Morris, Glenwood, St Cloud, Foley, Madison,
Benson, Montevideo, and Granite Falls
205 AM CST Sat Jan 19 2019


* WHAT…Wind chills as low as 25 below zero expected.

* WHERE…Portions of central, east central and west central

* WHEN…Through 11 AM CST.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…The cold wind chills could cause
frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

Highs today will range from the single digits below zero in the north to teens in far southeastern Minnesota:

We could top out at about 11 degrees in the Twin Cities metro area this afternoon.

Lows late Saturday night and early Sunday will be well below zero in the north:

Sunday highs remain very cold:

Twin Cities metro area highs are expected to reach about 20 on Monday, followed by lower 20s Tuesday.


Update that cannot wait!

We finally dipped below zero at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport:

This sets a new record (Jan. 19) for the latest first sub-zero reading of winter in the Twin Cities.

According to the Minnesota State Climatology Office, January 18 is the previous date of our latest first sub-zero reading of winter in the Twin Cities:

Minnesota State Climatology Office/Department of Natural Resources


Snow chances

Western Minnesota will have the best chance of light snow on Sunday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s North American Mesoscale forecast model shows the potential snow pattern as we go from Saturday night though Sunday night:

NOAA NAM simulated radar from Saturday night through Sunday night, via tropicaltidbits

The color chart to the right of the loop refers to the strength of the signal that returns to the radar, not to the amount of snow.

As always, updated weather information can be heard on the Minnesota Public Radio Network, and you’ll also see updated weather info on the MPR News live weather blog.

This Updraft blog will be updated around mid-morning.

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.