By Todd Nelson
Can you feel the tension buidling? Collectively, there are several of us that are getting Irrationally and exceedingly optimistic that Winter will end soon! I hate to pour salt in the wound, but do you realize that last year on this date, the temperature topped out at 63°? Real nice, thanks for mentioning that Todd... UGH!
It might be a little harder to endure another snowy day knowing that last year we were enjoying such a ridiculously warm March. Keep in mind though that this is a little more 'typical' March weather. For folks that enjoy the winter weather, and I know there are several out there, forecasts favor that of additional snow and cold through next week.
Commute times will once again be slow today as the second half of our clipper event slides into the region. The southern flank of this snow band will harbor some light freezing drizzle or rain, but most will see snow. Light shoveling duties will be in order by the evening as the system fades. 'Heavier' winter artillery made be searched for on Saturday as a chilly breeze blows. Sunday night our next, more substantial storm develops... Monday commutes look rough once again... UGH x 2! -Todd Nelson
Todd's Star Tribune Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
FRIDAY: Slow commutes! More robust clipper drops in from Canada. Wintry mix possible on the southern flank of the main snow band. A few inches of snow possible for central and northern MN. High: 35. Winds: NE 5-15
FRIDAY NIGHT: Lingering light snow chances early. Light shoveling duties by the time you get home. Low: 18
SATURDAY: Feeling cooler. Passing flake. High: 28
SUNDAY: Developing storm, snow moves in late. Low: 11. High : 28
MONDAY: Windy, keep the shovels. Low: 28. High: 28.
TUESDAY: Chilly. Sun/cloud mix. Low: 8. High: 24.
WEDNESDAY : Clouds thicken, wintry mix late?. Low: 8. High: 30.
THURSDAY: Messy rain/snow mix possible. Low: 25. High: 38.
Here we go again with ANOTHER clipper diving into the Lower 48. Friday is expected to be a little snowy for some across the Upper Mississippi Valley as the 2nd punch of wintry weather glides through the area. This event should be a little more substantial than that of the Thursday system. There appears to be a more widespread area of slightly heavier totals from North Dakota to the Ohio Valley. Winds are also expected to pick up behind the system, so there could be a little blowing snow to contend with as colder air wraps in behind it.
A STORM SYSTEM WILL BEGIN TO ORGANIZE ACROSS THE NORTHERN PLAINS LATER THIS EVENING AND MOVE SOUTHEAST ACROSS THE UPPER MIDWEST THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING. INITIALLY...WARMER TEMPERATURES ALOFT WILL CAUSE PRECIPITATION TO FALL IN THE FORM OF FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET FOR AREAS SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 94...WITH THE PREDOMINANT TYPE OF FREEZING RAIN FOR AREAS ALONG THE MINNESOTA RIVER VALLEY...SOUTHWARD TO THE IOWA BORDER. AREAS NORTH OF INTERSTATE 94 WILL HAVE A MIXTURE OF SLEET AND SNOW...POSSIBLY SOME FREEZING RAIN EARLY...BEFORE CHANGING TO SNOW BY FRIDAY MORNING. ONCE COLDER AIR MOVES ACROSS THE AREA FRIDAY MORNING...THE PRECIPITATION WILL CHANGE OVER TO ALL SNOW. THERE WILL BE A LULL IN THE PRECIPITATION FRIDAY MORNING...BEFORE THE NEXT WAVE OF SNOWFALL DEVELOPS DURING THE AFTERNOON. BY SATURDAY MORNING... SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WILL RANGE FROM 4 TO 6 INCHES NORTH OF AN ALEXANDRIA TO SAINT CLOUD MINNESOTA...TO EAU CLAIRE WISCONSIN LINE. AREAS SOUTH OF MORRIS TO THE TWIN CITIES AND RED WING WILL LIKELY SEE AMOUNTS RANGING FROM 1 TO 4 INCHES...WITH ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF ONE TENTH OF AN INCH ALONG THE MINNESOTA RIVER VALLEY...TO THE IOWA BORDER.
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM FRIDAY TO 1 AM CDT
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN HAS ISSUED
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW...SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN...WHICH
IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM FRIDAY TO 1 AM CDT SATURDAY.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM FRIDAY...TO 1 AM
* TIMING: A MIXTURE OF SLEET AND SNOW...POSSIBLY MIXED WITH
FREEZING RAIN WILL DEVELOP ACROSS WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA AFTER
MIDNIGHT AND SPREAD SOUTHEAST OVERNIGHT. THE MIXTURE OF
PRECIPITATION WILL CHANGE OVER TO ALL SNOW BY FRIDAY MORNING.
* MAIN IMPACT: TOTAL SNOWFALL BY LATE FRIDAY NIGHT WILL RANGE FROM
4 TO 6 INCHES NORTH OF AN ALEXANDRIA TO SAINT CLOUD
MINNESOTA...TO EAU CLAIRE WISCONSIN LINE...TO ONE TO FOUR INCHES
SOUTH OF THIS LINE. ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF ONE TENTH OF AN INCH
ALONG THE MINNESOTA RIVER VALLEY...TO THE IOWA BORDER.
* OTHER IMPACTS: ICE AND SNOW WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE
PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS.
Don't Put Away the Shovels Just Yet!
Unreal... Another storm is forecast to drift through the area Sunday thru AM Tuesday with even more snow! This one looks potentially even more substantial that that of the Friday system. Although the exact details of the system are yet to be determined, expect another nasty commute on Monday... Stay tuned for more!
Ask Paul/Todd Weather Questions...
Terry Schacht Asks:
"I was saying in the office today that this winter 2012-2013 so far is about an average winter for snow fall. So how much snow has fallen in the twin cities this winter?"
Thanks for you question Terry... the official reading from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (thru March 13th) was 44.8", which thru that date was -2.2" below normal. Yes, you are correct, we are sitting around normal for the season and could be at a surplus by early next week with our upcoming snow chances.
Interestingly, thru the months of November, December and January, we had only seen 20.4" of snow (over a 92 day period). Since the beginning of February (thru March 13th), we've seen 24.4" (over a 41 day period). That means we've seen more snow in nearly half the time (Feb. - Mar. 13th) that we had thru all of (Nov. Dec. & Jan.).
Seasonal Snow From Normal
In case you're interested... Listed below are the seasonal snow from normal amounts across the region. This is how much above or below we are from normal snowfall so far this season. NOTE: Marquette, MI IS NOT 150" above normal... That's an error. Marquette, MI is really -8.2" below normal for the season, keep in mind that they've seen over 170" of snow for the season thus far!
Fun With Pi
I couldn't resist a few more "Pi" pictures... I had a little fun with the weather graphics on Thursday! LOL
Sick of Snow?
If Thursday morning's commute was just another reminder of how sick and tired folks are of winter. I got a call from my wife saying that she had been sitting in traffic for 2 hours... a drive that normally takes maybe 30mins to 45mins... UGH! I guess that's one benefit of my early morning shift is that no matter what kind of weather, driving the roads at 3am, there isn't too much traffic! We may see another rough commute during the PM Friday timeframe as another clipper moves in.
IMAGES BELOW WERE TAKEN AM THURSDAY...
TOP MN Snowfall Tallies From AM Thursday Clipper
Here are some of the top snowfall tallies across MN from AM Thursday's clipper. The official Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport report was only 0.6"
Snowy Thursday in the Northeast
Not only were folks in the Midwest dealing with snow on Thursday, but folks in the Noreast had snow too! I think there are several people that are getting irrationally optimistic about Spring to finally rear its head!
"The Midwest: Light precipitation (0.5 – 1.5) inches fell across Michigan and Indiana, so the area of abnormal dryness (D0) was trimmed slightly. Areas with above-normal rainfall over the past 30-days were targeted for improvement, but some D0 was retained due to longer term soil moisture deficits that reflect long-term drought reaching back to last summer.
Despite significant rains (0.5 – 3.0 inches), only minor improvements were also pursued over Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. According to some local National Weather Service employees and state climatologists, the frozen ground (10-20 inches of frozen soils) is preventing deep soil moisture recharge. Streams and rivers rose and fell rapidly, indicting excessive runoff and lack of penetration, along with some reports of basement flooding as the water cannot go into the soil.
A nearly 1-category improvement across Missouri and Iowa was prompted by widespread rains (0.5 – 2.5 inches). The improvements were not a full 1-category as some areas of northwest and north-central Missouri did not experience as significant of a soil moisture recovery as points farther east and south, where soils had thawed earlier in the year."
"Looking Ahead: During the next 5 days (March 14-18, 2013), moderate to heavy precipitation is forecast for the Pacific Northwest, northern Rockies, Great Lakes, and Ohio Valley. Outside of those regions, little to no precipitation is expected. Much colder than normal temperatures are likely to support a continuation of the frozen soil problem across the northern Great Plains through the next week, while the Rockies and southern Great Plains are expected to experience warmer than average conditions. Colder than normal conditions are likely to persist through the next 10 days from California to the northern Great Plains to the Northeast, with the most likely locations for above-normal temperatures are across the southeast. Wet conditions are likely to continue for the Great Lakes, northern Great Plains and southeast, with drier than average conditions likely across the southwest."