4-7" Expected - 8" South of Minnesota River; Very Slow PM Commute
February 2, 2016 — 9:21am
Latest Numbers. Here is the latest HopoWRF (3 KM) model, showing 4-7" amounts by 10 PM tonight. The best chance of 6-8": south metro, from Shakopee and Lakeville to Eagan and Stillwater. The far northern suburbs may only pick up a couple inches, closer to 5-6" in the downtowns by tonight. Not the end of the world - but probably the biggest snowfall of our (relatively easy) winter, to date.
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Well, we got our wish. Many of us wanted to feel warm again, after a February-like April. Mother Nature heard your plaintive cries and turned up the volume a few notches. We should hit or exceed 90F today, Saturday, Sunday and Monday - the hottest Memorial Day since 2006. In fact steamy weather lingers into much of next week; no real relief until a Canadian cool front the first weekend of June. Until then, various degrees of hot and sweaty...
26.1" of snow last month, an early spell of 90s this month. Minnesota's weather is still manic - probably always will be. Time to dig out your summer wardrobe because sweaty weather is here to stay into much of next week with a streak of low 90s possible. In fact today may bring the first 90F of 2018, and severe storms into western Minnesota by afternoon and evening.
Looking back many of us will consider this the good 'ol days - back when temperatures were comfortable - back when neighbors weren't whining about the dew point. A July-like spell of heat and humidity is coming, and by the weekend heat indices may be well into the 90s. You wanted summer? You earned a real summer. And it's coming.
Today was a little on the cool side, although the observed high of 71F is average for May 21. A big shout-out to volunteer weather observers who collect data for NOAA NCDC's COOP program - details in the blog. A hot front is brewing for late week and the weekend. Yes, it may be good time for holiday weekend plans. There, I just jinxed the forecast.
A stray shower is possible today, but amounts will be light - enough to settle the dust. Temperatures & dew points creep up as the week goes on; more numerous T-storms Wednesday into Friday. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson