First Winter Storm Watch (greatest risk south/east of MSP)
November 7, 2011 — 4:26pm
Winter Storm Watch. The NWS has issued a watch (which means a potential for 6" or more of snow over a 24 hour period) for southeastern Minnesoeta and much of western and northern Wisconsin. The latest watches and warnings are here.
Potentially "Plowable". Oh boy - not sure I'm ready for this. Note the sharp western cut-off to any significant snow accumulation Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. But as much as 6-8" of snow is predicted from Rochester to Menomonie, Wisconsin and Eau Claire. If you're traveling south/east of MSP Tuesday night into Wednesday morning stay up on the latest forecast - make sure you're ready for winter travel conditions.
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Yesterday wasn't hard to take, and today should be even sunnier - about 5 to 10 degrees cooler but I suspect there will be few complaints. We warm back into the 70s Thursday with 80s like Friday before a wind shift. Make the most of dry weather - models suggest a return of cooler, wetter weather next week.
Monday was a postcard-perfect day with blue sky and upper 60s. I'm trying to block out the bugs, which are back. Well that was fast. We warm to 70F or beyond this afternoon with a slight chance of a shower. Thursday and Friday look terrific as temperatures warm up again; I could see low 80s Friday afternoon. We may be sliding into a wetter pattern next week, but I still don't see anything severe. No widespread severe storms for the metro into the first week of May? A bit unusual. I wonder if we'll make up for lost time.
Sunday was a treat, coming after a gray and windy Saturday with rain brushing the south metro. Winds ease today with enough sun for mid to upper 60s - a slight chance of showers and T-showers Tuesday afternoon. Another spurt of warmth arrives late week; Friday appears to be the best day in sight as the mercury closes in on 80 degrees. This week should help to restore some of your faith in a Minnesota spring.
Saturday was an acquired taste: thickening clouds and a chilling breeze - but at least it didn't snow...or flood...or tornado. Rain brushed the southern suburbs but that system moves out today and a drying northeast breeze triggers partial clearing. Temperatures mellow this week; a hint of summer warmth possible by next weekend.