Winter Weather Advisory Central Minnesota; Blizzard Warning Western Minnesota

 ...PERIODS OF WHITEOUT CONDITIONS EXPECTED LATE TODAY INTO EARLY MONDAY ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA... .A BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT ACROSS MUCH OF SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA INCLUDING THE CITIES OF REDWOOD FALLS...NEW ULM... MANKATO...FAIRMONT...AND ALBERT LEA. THIS ALSO INCLUDES INTERSTATES 35 AND 90. DEEP SNOW PACK AND ADDITIONAL LIGHT SNOW LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND OVERNIGHT WILL COMBINE WITH WIND GUSTS OF 45 TO 55 MPH TO PRODUCE WIDESPREAD BLOWING SNOW AND WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AT TIMES. DIFFICULT TRAVEL IS LIKELY AND ROAD CLOSURES ARE POSSIBLE. A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA INCLUDING THE CITIES OF WILLMAR...MADISON...BENSON... MORRIS...AND ALEXANDRIA. A LESS IMPRESSIVE SNOW PACK AND RAINFALL ON SATURDAY WILL MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR WIDESPREAD BLOWING SNOW TO MATERIALIZE LATER TODAY...DESPITE WIND GUSTS OF 45 TO 55 MPH AND LIGHT SNOW. SCATTERED AREAS OF WHITEOUT CONDITIONS ARE STILL POSSIBLE...AND IF IT IS MORE WIDESPREAD THAN CURRENTLY ANTICIPATED AN UPGRADE TO A BLIZZARD WARNING WILL BE NECESSARY. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR AREAS EAST OF THE WINTER STORM AND BLIZZARD WARNINGS FOR LIGHT SNOW AND AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW DEVELOPING LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND LASTING THROUGH MONDAY MORNING. WIND GUSTS OF 35 TO 45 MPH ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OVER THE ADVISORY AREA.
 ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO NOON CST MONDAY... * EXPECT SNOW TO DEVELOP AROUND 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON AND THEN DIMINISH AROUND NOON MONDAY. * THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL RATES WILL OCCUR BETWEEN NOON AND 6 PM SUNDAY. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES ARE EXPECTED. * WINDS GUSTING AS HIGH AS 45 MPH WILL CAUSE AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. * PLAN ON SLIPPERY ROAD CONDITIONS.

"Light snow combined with wind gusts near 50 mph will result in considerable blowing snow and whiteout conditions in areas with deep snowpack, mainly across southern Minnesota. Blizzard Warnings are now in effect there with Winter Storm Warnings across west central Minnesota where the snowpack is less favorable."

Ground Blizzard Risk Just South and West of MSP
By Paul Douglas

America hosts an average of 105 snow-producing storms every winter. "Chionophobia" is a persistent fear of snow, especially being trapped by drifts. The average snowflake falls at a lethargic 3 mph.

That, and you don't need falling snow to whip up a "blizzard". Sustained winds over 35 mph can blast snow already on the ground into a frothing frenzy, dropping visibility near zero.

We may see these conditions over southwestern Minnesota later today, where a Blizzard Watch has been posted. Get your travel done early from Alexandria and Willmar to Mankato; the drive home from that Super Bowl party may be pretty rough.

Mid-30s will feel good today, but parkas return this week with a streak of teens and single digits all week long. By Saturday the mercury serves below 0F. Nothing shocking for mid-February though.

The pattern won't favor any big, sloppy southern snowstorms, just a family of clippers. Expect an inch or two tonight, maybe a couple inches Wednesday. Enough to freshen up your yard.

The sun is climbing ever-higher. I see slight moderation the latter half of February.
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Extended Forecast

SUNDAY: Blizzard Warning western Minnesota. Winter Weather Advisory for Central MN, including the Metro. Overcast, mild start. Snow arrives late, less than half inch late Sunday with drifting. Winds: NW 15-30. High: 35.

SUNDAY NIGHT: Windy with light snow and blowing snow. Less than 1" possible. Winds: NW 25-35. Low: 15.

MONDAY: Slow, slippery AM commute? Gusty, colder with drifting snow. Winds: NW 15-30. High: 18

TUESDAY: Peeks of sun, feels like -5. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 3. High: 12

WEDNESDAY: Few inches of powdery snow? Winds: N 10-15. Wake-up: 0. High: 11

THURSDAY: Partly sunny, feels like February. Winds: NW 8-13. Wake-up: -3. High: 13

FRIDAY:Mostly cloudy, parka weather. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 6. High: 10

SATURDAY: Cold start, fading sun. Winds: NW 5-10. Wake-up: -10. High: 7.
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This Day in Weather History
February 7th

1857: A snowstorm dumps around 9 inches of snow at Fort Snelling.
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Average High/Low for Minneapolis
February 7th

Average High: 27F (Record: 53F set in 1987)
Average Low: 10F (Record: -29F set in 1875)
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Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
February 7th

Sunrise: 7:25am
Sunset: 5:29pm

*Daylight Gained Since Yesterday: ~2mins & 44secs
*Daylight Gained Since Winter Solstice: ~1hour & 14mins
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Moon Phase for February 7th
0.3 Days Before New Moon


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Minneapolis Temperature Trend

The extended forecast suggests a fairly decent dip in the temperature department through much of next week. We may get back to near average reading by mid month.

Sunday Weather Outlook

It'll be a mild day Sunday with temperatures in the 20s and 30s across the state. However, a fairly potential storm system will move through the region with gusty winds developing during the day. Note that feels like temperatures will be dipping into the single digits and teens across the northern part of the state by midday.

Sunday Weather Outlook

Look at the winds picking up across the Dakotas and western Minnesota by midday! Sustained winds of 20-30mph+ and wind gusts to 40-50mph+ along with falling and blowing snow could make for white-out conditions across those areas.

Sunday Weather Outlook

Here's the weather outlook by 4pm... light snow with gusty winds will create areas of blowing snow and potential blizzard-like conditions across the Dakotas and western MN.


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Simulated Radar

Here's the storm system that'll be swirling through the region Sunday into Monday. Note that initially it may be warm enough for a rain/snow mix, but snow showers will be predominant precipitation type PM Sunday through Monday.


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Snowfall Potential

Here's the snowfall potential through 6pm Tuesday, which shows the heaviest snowfall potential across northern Minnesota.

Minneapolis Snowfall Potential

Here's the snowfall potential, which shows maybe 1" of snow through early Monday.

National Weather Outlook

Here's the powerful clipper as it moves through the Midwest and into the Great Lakes through early next week. Although snowfall amounts won't be heavy, winds will be strong enough to create significant blowing and drifting. Blizzard-like conditions will be possible across parts of the Dakotas and Upper Midwest through early next week.

5 Day Precipitation Outlook

According to NOAA's WPC, the 5 day precipitation outlook suggests heavier precipitation moving through parts of the Great Lakes through early next week. However, note the heavier blob just east of the Mid-Atlantic Region and parts of the Northeast. Some of this could turn into snow potential through the weekend.


Snowfall Potential

The clipper system moving through the Midwest/Great Lakes and another system moving through parts of the Northeast through the weekend/early next week will bring some shovelable/plowable amounts of snow to some of these areas.

Rapidly Developing East Coast Storm

Heavy rains and gusty winds will take us through our Sunday along the Mid-Atlantic Coast. Some spots in eastern North Carolina could see up to 1"+ rainfall through early Monday.

Northeast Coastal Snow Potential

A storm system developing off the East Coast will bring heavy moisture along the near shore... it'll be a close call for those along the coast. Heavy snow may be possible for those in eastern Mass.

Winter Storm Watch

 ...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING. * LOCATIONS...A LARGE PORTION OF RHODE ISLAND AND EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS INCLUDING THE PROVIDENCE...WORCESTER...AND BOSTON METROPOLITAN AREAS AS WELL AS THE MERRIMACK VALLEY AND CAPE ANN. * HAZARD TYPES...SNOW. * ACCUMULATIONS...THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR 4 TO 7 INCHES OF SNOW ACROSS THE WATCH AREA MONDAY AND MONDAY NIGHT. * UNCERTAINTY...THE AMOUNT OF OCEAN-EFFECT ENHANCED SNOW BANDING REMAINS UNCERTAIN. IN ADDITION...A SLIGHT WESTWARD SHIFT IN THE TRACK OF AN OCEAN STORM COULD INCREASE AMOUNTS WHILE A TRACK FARTHER EAST COULD REDUCE AMOUNTS. * TIMING...SNOW OVERSPREADS THE WATCH AREA MONDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON...AND CONTINUES INTO MONDAY NIGHT. * IMPACTS...ANYONE TRAVELING IN THE NEXT 24 TO 36 HOURS SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO MODIFY TRAVEL PLANS. * WINDS...NORTHEAST 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.


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Is the Zika Outbreak Connected to Climate Change?

"Zika requires a specific type of mosquito to spread (though, in limited cases, it may also be sexually transmitted). As with all mosquito-borne diseases, Zika has a link to climate. The WHO cited an especially strong El Niño, which tends to shift temperature and rainfall patterns in predictable ways, as a reason why Aedes aegypti — one of two types of mosquitoes known to transmit Zika — could have a further range than normal over the coming months. It doesn’t help that Aedes mosquitoes are particularly well-adapted to cities, especially those in drought-stricken Brazil where people are, understandably, trying to conserve every drop of water they can in whatever containers they can find. There’s also some evidence that climate change may have already given the mosquito greater leeway to survive further up mountainsides and deeper into cooler climates, like California. In recent years, the mosquito has been spotted as far north as Washington, D.C. — and it now survives year-round in parts of Arizona, Texas, and Florida."

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