8-12" Expected Across Much of Metro by 7 am Friday
February 20, 2014 — 4:04pm
Latest WRF Projections. The HopWRF model (3 km resolution - as good as it gets) shows a band of 9-10" across much of the immediate Twin Cities metro, with 8-10" for St. Cloud and Brainerd. The storm appears to be hooking farther west, so the shield of heaviest snow is also pushing farther west as well, with 6-8"+ snows now expected over roughly the eastern half of Minnesota.
* Winds gust to 30-35 mph later tonight, and I could see blizzard or near-blizzard conditions for portions of the Twin Cities metro after 8 PM or so. Expect a night of treacherous travel conditions, getting worse the farther away from the metro you drive. I expect numerous cancellations and delays Friday morning.
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Ah, so this is what they mean by "snow". I get it now - water actually freezes into fancy little ice crystals that stick together, gravity pulls them to the ground at an average speed of 3 mph. And traffic grinds to a halt on I-35. It's just snow folks, not billowing clouds of radioactivity. Couple inches of slush for most of us - but enough to lead the news and spark waves of indignant muttering about the weather. Southern Minnesota will see the heaviest snows, enough to shovel and plow and remind locals that they live in a far southern suburb of Winnipeg.
Yes, it looks more like Seattle (or London) than a typical Minnesota January day outside my window, but who am I to complain? Is 35F and gray better than sunny and 10F? Weather is subjective, but snow lovers and anyone trying to play hockey on an outdoor rink isn't very happy right now. We may see a few inches of slush late Tuesday and temperatures cool off slightly later in the week, but no Siberian Smacks are shaping up. Not yet.
We're stuck in a soggy rut and we can't seem to get out. Thanks to March-like temperatures, scattered rare January rain showers have helped to keep the snow melt on. The result is fog and low clouds mixed with drizzle... Ugh, I feel like a wet dog. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Mild temps and lingering light rain showers continue through the weekend. The mercury may dip just enough to coax a few wet flakes out the clouds on Sunday, but nothing will stick. We'll have a better chance of snow sticking early next week as a Pacific storm system moves into the Upper Midwest. Temps look fairly mild initially, which could make for sloppy event. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Closer to home, we settle into a somewhat soggy weather pattern with scattered light rain showers over the next few days. There may be a few wet snowflakes mixing in, but with highs flirting with 40 degrees through the weekend, streets remain mainly wet. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson