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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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
A very nice spring day is expected Sunday as highs will climb to around 70 with a mix of sun and clouds. Rain chances do return next week, and parts of the state could certainly use a bit of rain at the moment. Click for more details! - D.J. Kayser