Final Metro Snow Totals Closer to 5-10" (No Travel Advised Tonight)
February 2, 2016 — 7:45pm
Heavy Snow Axis Stalls over MSP Metro. It's snowing a little harder (for longer) and that may result in snowfall totals closer to 8", even 10" by the time the deformation zone swings east of the the Twin Cities after 10 PM or so. Snow totals will be in the 5-10" range for the downtowns and most suburbs, with an outside shot at a foot. 7:38 PM Doppler radar mosaic: NOAA and AerisWeather.
Warnings. Most of the metro area is still under a Winter Storm Warning, with Blizzard Warnings posted southwest of a line from Mankato to New Ulm and Granite Falls, where white-out conditions are still being reported. I would stay off the roads tonight, if at all possible.
Complicating Factor. Sustained winds are 20-30 mph in the Twin Cities, just below blizzard criteria, but we are seeing (sustained) winds over 35 mph across much of south central and southwestern Minnesota, resulting in near-zero visibiliity and treacherous to impassable driving conditions.
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I am happy to report that our first 60 degree highs of 2018 are in the forecast this weekend, which would be the first since around Thanksgiving, nearly 5 months ago! I predict that many will feel feverish today with raging spring fever setting in Monday as we make a run 70 across parts of the state. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
It's been a long, snowy slog, but spring will finally break out in the coming days with 50s giving way to a few 60s by next week. Most of the snow in your yard should be gone by Sunday or Monday (give or take a month). It's a dry pattern; in spite of a slight shower chance next Tuesday many towns in Minnesota should stay rain (and snow) free into most of next week. It's about time.
No question: we've earned our summer this year, more than most years. It was the coldest winter season in 4 years, with the most snow since 2010-2011. La Nina flavored our winter with a cold, wet bias, but I'd still bet a stale bagel next winter won't be as forbidding. Time will tell, but the headline is warmth, reluctant warmth is finally showing signs of paying Minnesota a visit. About time.
I'm as ready as you are to turn the page and celebrate the (very late) arrival of spring. We're almost there. Today's system may brush the metro with a coating of slush - maybe plowable for Rochester and Albert Lea but probably not in the metro area. Next week may restore some measure of faith in a fickle Minnesota spring.
Any moment now we're going to turn the corner. I suspect a "light-switch spring". Like turning on a light switch: slush to 60s in the meteorological blink of an eye. Maybe that's wishful thinking, but with a sun angle as high in the sky as it was in late August - at some point it HAS to warm up. Right? Right?