Friday - Early Saturday Snowfall Totals
The heaviest band of snow set up a little bit further south than was originally expected with the batch of snow that moved through late Friday into early Saturday. That brought snow totals of 2-4" as far south as the north metro, with a band of 4-6" across central Minnesota (including the St. Cloud area).
Based strictly off the snow reports, we can see that heavy band across central Minnesota of 3-6", with snowfall amounts tapering off on both sides of it. You can view the interactive version of this map here.
Taking a closer look at the metro, 4.4" of snow was reported in Fridley - the highest snow total in the immediate metro area. The MSP airport only picked up a half an inch. Meanwhile, 4.8" was reported in Sauk Rapids.
You can see some of that heavier, wet snow in this photo from the Sartell area. This was certainly a nice coating of snow for any deer hunters that went out early this morning across central Minnesota!
Remember To "Fall Back" Early Sunday!
Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour early Sunday morning at 2 AM as Daylight Saving Time ends. The good news? We get an extra hour of sleep! The bad news? Sunrise and sunset times adjust up an hour.
Here were the sunrise times Saturday morning across the state. For the most part, sunrise times were around 8 AM.
We can see they get adjusted back an hour Sunday morning, with sunrise times around 7 AM - certainly a lot more sunshine in the morning as you are getting ready for work or school during the week!
The one thing you will really miss (except if you wake up early and attempt to get to bed early... like me) is the later sunsets. Sunset times on Saturday are around 6 PM across the state.
But after we fall back, those sunset times adjust to be before 5 PM across most of the state. We won't see another 5 PM sunset until January 17th in the Twin Cities.
Bucking Recent Trends: A Relatively Dry Week
By Paul Douglas
On November 4, 1727, the first outdoor celebration at the chapel of Fort Beauharnois on Lake Pepin was postponed due to 'variableness of the weather.' No kidding.
The sky overhead is as fickle as ever, prone to tantrums of gulley-gushing rains, wild winds and blinding snows. Often on the same day.
Friends on either coast and Florida shudder when the subject of a Minnesota winter comes up. I tell them the truth (tough for a weatherguy) "It's not that bad most years. Our winters are trending milder - maybe 1 in 4 is an old-fashioned butt-kicker; a pioneer winter like the one we endured 4 winters ago. That said, we still don't have the scientific ability to predict the shape and intensity of the "polar vortex" 2-4 months from now. It gets cold. It'll snow. We'll survive.
Showers taper this morning with some clearing by afternoon. A little light snow may streak into Minnesota late Monday, but dry weather prevails until a slushy mix next Saturday.
Don't pack away the patio furniture yet - we should see a few more days in the 50s before Thanksgiving. Some "warm front" huh?
Extended Twin Cities Forecast
SUNDAY: Showers taper, drying out. High 40. Low 25. Chance of precipitation 50%. Wind NW 10-15 mph.
MONDAY: Dry AM, light snow or flurries PM. High 36. Low 23. Chance of precipitation 60%. Wind W 3-8 mph.
TUESDAY: Partly sunny and chilly. High 35. Low 24. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind NW 5-10 mph.
WEDNESDAY: Clouds increase, should stay dry. High 40. Low 26. Chance of precipitation 20%. Wind NW 7-12 mph.
THURSDAY: Reinforcing cold front. Cold breeze. High 33. Low 22. Chance of precipitation 20%. Wind NW 10-20 mph.
FRIDAY: Chilled sun much of the day. High 34. Low 28. Chance of precipitation 20%. Wind SE 5-10 mph.
SATURDAY: A little wet snow or a mix. High 36. Low 26. Chance of precipitation 50%. Wind S 5-10 mph.
This Day in Weather History
1941: A snowstorm hits southern Minnesota, with the heaviest snow at Fairmont.
Average Temperatures & Precipitation for Minneapolis
Average High: 48F (Record: 73F set in 2016)
Average Low: 32F (Record: 3F set in 1951)
Average Precipitation: 0.07" (Record: 0.93" set in 1948)
Average Snow: 0.2" (Record: 4.2" set in 1959)
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
Sunrise: 6:57 AM
Sunset: 4:55 PM
*Length Of Day: 9 hours, 57 minutes and 58 seconds
*Daylight Lost Since Yesterday: ~2 minute and 41 seconds
*Latest Sunrise At/After 7:00 AM: November 7th (7:00 AM)
*Earliest Sunset: December 5th-13th (4:31 PM)
Minnesota Weather Outlook
A cold front will move across the state Saturday Night into Sunday, bringing a chance of rain/snow with it. We will see dropping temperatures in southern Minnesota with cold air moving into the region, meaning the high of 38 in the Twin Cities will be set early in the day. Highs in northwest Minnesota will be stuck in the 20s, with temperatures either steady or only slightly climbing during the day.
Highs will be a good 10-15 degrees below average for this time of year across the state.
We will stay cool throughout the week in the Twin Cities, potentially nearing 40 through the middle and end of the week. Long range models are showing the potential of highs approach 50 as we head into the middle of the month.
Most snow from Saturday through early next week will fall across northern Minnesota. The heaviest totals are expected near the international border, with most of that falling Saturday into Saturday Night.
Besides the precipitation across northern Minnesota (note that this is both rain and melted snow combined) that was received Saturday, light amounts of precipitation are expected as the cold front passes through southern Minnesota Saturday Night into early Sunday.
After the cold front passage Saturday Night/Sunday, precipitation chances are slim as we head through the first full work week of November in the Twin Cities.
A cold front will be driving east Sunday across the central United States, bringing cooler weather as well as the potential of severe weather in the Ohio Valley. A system will be moving into the northern Rockies Sunday, helping bring rain and higher elevation snow across the Northwest.
Warmth will be found ahead of that cold front moving across the nation Sunday, with highs a good 5-20 degrees above average for this time of year from the Southern Plains to the East Coast. Highs will be below average from the West Coast to the Northern Plains. Highs Sunday in parts of Montana will be up to 35 degrees below average!
A couple areas of heavier precipitation are possible through the middle of the week across the nation. One is expected from the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys to the eastern Great Lakes, with a second out west along the Pacific Northwest and at higher elevations. Both areas could see at least 2" of precipitation.
As a frontal system moves across the Ohio Valley Sunday, severe weather is expected during the afternoon and evening hours. As storms initially form, large hail and a few tornadoes (especially along the warm front) will be possible, eventually shifting to a damaging wind threat into the late afternoon and evening hours. There is an Enhanced Risk of severe weather in place across parts of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio due to the threat, including Indianapolis.
The system moving into the Northwest through the end of the weekend has the potential to bring accumulating snow Saturday night into early Sunday in the Seattle area. Meanwhile, snow through the weekend into early next week could bring over a half a foot of snow to Jackson, WY.
If Seattle does see accumulating snow this weekend (by accumulating, I mean at least a tenth of an inch), it would end up being the third earliest accumulating snow on record for the city. We can see the three earliest accumulating snow events were all in the 1970s. What is interesting to note is that we had La Nina conditions in place those three falls/winters.
From Saturday through Tuesday morning, the heaviest snow will fall across the international border (mainly though Saturday Night), with the potential of 4.6" in International Falls.
The other story we have an eye on is continuing record heat into Sunday, especially across parts of the south. Numerous record highs (designated by the white circle) are possible from Texas to Mississippi Sunday, but a few records may even be possible ahead of the cold front as far north as the Ohio Valley.
The potential of record highs will continue across parts of the South and Southeast on Monday.
Numerous Trees Down In The Northeast After Storm Last Weekend
Numerous trees fell in the major coastal storm that struck the Northeast Sunday Night into Monday, knocking out power for many. The number of trees down potentially was made worse due to drought. More from the Washington Post
: "Drought conditions, recent rainfall and an unusual storm path in Maine may have contributed to the large numbers of trees that toppled during a storm that walloped the Northeast this week, officials said. The storm cut power to nearly 1.5 million homes and businesses in the region at its peak. It left more Mainers in the dark than even the infamous 1998 ice storm, but the long-term effects likely will be much different.
Search For Micrometeorites!
Want a fun project this weekend? Maybe you can search for micrometers. More from Popular Science
: "When you picture a meteorite, you probably imagine a massive hunk of space rock hurtling its way through Earth’s atmosphere. The objects that survive this trip sell for tens of thousands of dollars at auctions, become parts of museum displays, and make national news. But you—yes, you—can find your very own meteorites, and you don’t need to be a millionaire to do it. You just need to think small. Micro, to be exact.
" (Image: An isolated micrometeorite about 0.5 mm in diameter. Henri Galimberti on Flickr via CC 2.0)
Defrosting A Base In Antarctica
Scientists are trying to defrost a Antarctic base that has been closed for eight months. Will it work? No one quite knows. More from WIRED
: "SOMETIME IN THE next few days, a DHC-6 Twin Otter ski plane will circle the British Halley VI Antarctic base, look for the landing strip, and touch down on a floating ice shelf. Two plumbers, an electrician, and an engineer will grab their gear, check their satphone, and wave goodbye to the pilot. For the next few weeks, the team will try to jumpstart a base that has been closed for the past eight months. Normally, the streamlined research structure would face the brutal Antarctic winter with 14 hardy souls to keep valuable scientific equipment warm and running. But British science officials shut down the remote outpost last March because of a 300-foot wide crack in the Brunt Ice Sheet creeping toward Halley about nine miles away. Now, for the first time in modern Antarctic history, a team will attempt to restart equipment and generators that have been sitting in temperatures down to -67° Fahrenheit. They hope it will turn back on. But it might not.
" (Image: Halley Research Station - Alamy)