Kinder and gentler snowfall Tuesday

Our wicked February comes to a merciful end in less than 72 hours.

My informal, unscientific poll of Minnesotans now shows the “sick of winter index” has reached 81 percent of Minnesotans. In the past 24 hours, I’ve heard people say “time to evacuate” and “please give me some hope.”

Sorry, macho Minnesota winter lovers, but you’re in a vastly dwindling minority now.

Most Minnesotans have simply had enough.

There are signs that milder air may start to infiltrate Minnesota in about 10-12 days. In the meantime, one or two lighter snowfall events this week.

Kinder and gentler snow 

Tuesday’s snowfall creeps in on cat’s paws. Look for a gradual increase in light snow coverage. Light winds nudge tiny flakes drifting gently earthward. Snow tapers off Wednesday morning.

Here’s the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Global Forecast System model depiction of snowfall cover through 6 a.m. Wednesday.

NOAA GFS model through 6 a.m. Wednesday, via tropical tidbits

Most of us will see another 1 to 2 inches on sidewalks by midday Wednesday. The best chance for 3 inches is north of the Interstate 94 corridor either side of a Fargo-Alexandria-Brainerd-St. Cloud-Rice Lake zone from North Dakota into Minnesota.

Arctic for now

Friday brings another light (1-3 inches) snow chance for much of Minnesota. Another shot of arctic cold invades this weekend. Temperatures remain frigid into early next week. But signs of moderation begin to emerge late next week.

NOAA via Weather Bell

30s in sight?

Only in Minnesota do we celebrate highs in the 30s in March. There are signs we may get there between about March 10-15. The jet stream appears ready to finally shift ever so slightly north by then.

Jet stream outlook for March 10, via NOAA

That should allow a few above freezing days as the second week of March unfolds.

NOAA, via Meteostar

One word of caution Minnesotans know about March. Yes, it warms up a bit. But that can still come with plenty of snow.

Stay tuned.

  • Philip A. Rutter

    “Sorry, macho Minnesota winter lovers, but you’re in a vastly dwindling minority now. Most Minnesotans have simply had enough.”

    Understandable. I’m usually in the “winter lover” category, although I don’t think it’s “macho”. More a “White-Green” attitude; Nature is what she is.

    But yeah, this winter is a bit much. I’ve been through a couple like this, and I’ve found there is a category beyond “winter lover.” Which is where I am now. Not entirely sure what to call it. It’s kind of a rock-bottom stubborn refusal to let the crappy stuff win.

    Similar to “Noli Illegitimi Carborundum”, dog-Latin (fake) for “Don’t let the bastards wear you down. Vinegar Joe Stilwell, one of the toughest and best generals of WWII, had that on his desk. Good enough for me, then!

    So – Winter? Do your worst! You are not going to get to me; I’m tougher than you. I’ll still be here when the apple trees bloom- and you WON’T.

    Noli Hibernus Carborundum!


    • JLC

      I’m right there with you, Philip, because I *refuse to lose.* Do you have any survival tips, beyond just Be Tougher? Which I enthusiastically endorse, by the way. Every once in a while I remind myself of how much I *hate* the heat and humidity we’ve lately had in July. Ugh.

      Other options I employ:

      First, don’t get too far behind, or the chore gets impossible.

      Second, be sure to warm up after dealing with the day’s accumulation. One can get chilled out there, and if you don’t warm up afterward, you keep experiencing the nasty part of it for a long time, which extends the misery quotient of the day. (Better yet: outfit yourself with what you need *not* to get chilled. It is possible. Don’t be lazy, and put the gear on. You might have to be out there longer than you thought.)

      Third, take up a winter sport that cannot be done once it’s warmer. For me, it’s curling: anyone can start at any age and you can have a good time at any level, but there’s always room for improvement to elite status; plus you never have to be out in the actual cold when you’re at your local curling club. Distracting yourself with things that can be done at any time of year – computer games, knitting, cooking – doesn’t make you appreciate the season that IS, as much as doing something that’s winter-only.

      Fourth, if you’ve gone to Hawaii or other tropical places, and you’re from northern climes, remind yourself how it would be, never to see tulips or daffodils, and never to smell that smell of snow. Ever. I could never do it.

      And last, indulge in some hygge. Cozy hospitality and fellowship, with your pets if no one else is accessible at the time, is another one of those things I actually *miss* in the summer, when it’s too long light for candles, and too warm for starchy hotdishes. Now’s the time.

      • chucker1

        Winter is my guilt free time for PC gaming for sure! I Love it.

      • Philip A. Rutter

        JLC – The hygge is good; I was doing that before I knew what to call it. Nice to be cozy. Then there is an activity I maybe invented; highly amusing, and useful. Kids get cabin fever, too, of course- looking for something to seduce them with – at zero – it occurred to me that snow that cold should make excellent dry-cleaning material. So I hauled a lovely old all-wool rug out into the snow – shoveled about 8″ of snow over it- and talked the kids into dancing on it. That was not hard to do.

        It works, in fact! Boy, does the dirt come out of the rug; gorgeously visible on the white snow. With a little wind, you’ll get a nice long brown streak downwind; very good reinforcement for the kids. The process needs a few details- get the rug cold before burying it in the snow; or it will be wet, and freeze. Don’t try this in snow any warmer than about 10°F; the bouncing/friction will melt a little of it, and wetness happens. Turn the rug over once or twice; and shovel more snow on as needed; moving to a new spot in the snow can be a good idea from time to time. And you’ll need an adult, or responsible teen, to get your rug back out of the snow. At the end, put it on a clothesline and beat all the snow out you can, before bringing it back.

        The kids think this is great fun; and I’m very careful not to mention the word “work”.

  • echoegami1

    Good to know I’m considered “macho” for loving winter. /sarcasm

  • 7cubed

    “Sorry, macho Minnesota winter lovers, but you’re in a vastly dwindling minority now. Most Minnesotans have simply had enough.” LOL Huttner you are a chickenshit Progtard, and a Disgusting little faux weatherman.