It’s May. But March is not done with Minnesota.
Our latest weather system is pulling in just enough cold air to change rain to heavy wet snow across central and northeast Minnesota. The Duluth National Weather Service office has posted a winter storm warning for a big chunk of real estate surrounding the western tip of Lake Superior.
Including the cities of Isabella, Two Harbors, Silver Bay,
Grand Marais, Duluth, Superior, Washburn, and Bayfield
227 PM CDT Wed May 8 2019
…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 AM
* WHAT…Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8
inches, except 6 to 10 inches along the higher terrain
surrounding Lake Superior.
* WHERE…In Wisconsin, Douglas and Bayfield Counties. In
Minnesota, Northern Cook and Lake, Southern Lake, Southern
Cook and Carlton and South St. Louis Counties.
* WHEN…From 7 PM this evening to 10 AM CDT Thursday.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel could be very difficult. The
hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute. There may
be power outages due to the wet and heavy nature of the snow.
Wintry hangover in May
I can’t believe I’m still typing and saying this stuff in May.
Our “spring” this year feels like the eternal winter that won’t go away. The chill has lingered and overstayed its welcome for many. Our current weather system is mostly rain. But a wedge of subfreezing air aloft is just enough to change the rain to a band of heavy wet snowfall.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s NAM 3 km model paints the picture. Don’t be shocked to see a few wet snowflakes reach as far south as the Twin Cities Thursday morning. I know.
The Duluth National Weather Service office has been busy assessing the changing snowfall situation. Their latest snowfall map is a blend of many model solutions. Many will wake up Thursday to several inches of May slush. The heaviest accumulations fall north and east of a Brainerd-Hinckley line.
Winter Storm Warnings & Advisories are in effect this evening until tomorrow. Rain transitions into a rain/snow mix or all snow this evening. 4 to 8 inches of snow in the warning. Heavy, wet snow could cause power outages, slippery conditions, & reduced visibilities. #mnwx #wiwx pic.twitter.com/Dqsq4TR1CK
— NWS Duluth (@NWSduluth) May 8, 2019
Milder air ahead
The good news about snow in May? It’s May. Milder air returns by next week. Highs around 70 will be more common. And welcome.
Hang in there Minnesota.