By Todd Nelson
Deep breaths... Take another one. There you go! Breathe - It'll be ok! Trust me, I'm a weatherman. Yeah right!
I can't tell you how many times I've heard that all the irritably displeasing weather is my fault. I guess it's easy to pick on the weatherguy or gal. I hope that means when we're basking in the glorious Spring/Summer weather in 'hopefully' a few weeks, you'll remember me!
A quick burst of snowfall at just the right time earlier today was just enough to make that morning commute painful. Although the heaviest snow will be over by the afternoon commute, biting winds on the backside of the storm will create blowing and drifting issues across much of the region; roads will still be problematic for the afternoon/evening commute.
I'm expecting a slighly less white-knucklish drive on Tuesday, but cold temperatures will be the enemy then. If you haven't already dug that 'heavier' winter gear back out of the closet yet, you'll need to.
Spring arrives Wednesday with more of a sour January or February taste, not quite as sweet as last year's more summer-like readings.
Temps look to stay below average the entire week... Keep breathing!
Todd's Star Tribune Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
MONDAY: Quick burst of heavy snow (1" to 3") in the wee-hours of the morning. VERY slow AM commute. 2" to 4" total by midday with isolated 4"+ by evening. Turning windy and colder with blowing and drifting snow through the afternoon/evening. High: 30. Winds: W 15-30 G40.
MONDAY NIGHT: Scattered light snow continues. Windy with blowing and drifting snow. Low: 7. Winds: WNW 15-30
TUESDAY: Breezy and cold. Passing flake. High: 21.
WEDNESDAY : Spring arrives, feels more like winter. Low: 4. High: 19.
THURSDAY: Still below average temps. Low: 5. High: 25.
FRIDAY: Hazy sun, highs near freezing mark. Low: 12. High: 31.
SATURDAY: More clouds, some light snow? Low: 18. High: 35.
SUNDAY: Partly sunny, good shopping day. Low: 22. High: 38
Winter's Last Gasp?
I sure hope so... Not sure how much of this extended winter weather I can take. The cold, snow and extra long commutes are wearing me thin! The National Weather Service continues a number of winter weather headlines through Monday across the Upper Midwest.
...BLIZZARD CONDITIONS LIKELY ACROSS WESTERN...SOUTHERN AND
PORTIONS OF CENTRAL MINNESOTA LATE TONIGHT INTO MONDAY EVENING...
.A LATE SEASON WINTER STORM WILL BRING A QUICK BURST OF 2 TO
5 INCHES OF SNOW FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH EARLY MONDAY ACROSS
THE REGION. THIS STORM WILL DRIVE A POWERFUL COLD FRONT THROUGH
MINNESOTA AND WESTERN WISCONSIN BY MIDDAY MONDAY.
WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS OF 30 TO 40 MPH...WITH GUSTS OF AROUND
50 MPH WILL FOLLOW BEHIND THE FRONT OVER WESTERN AND SOUTHERN
MINNESOTA...PERSISTING INTO EARLY MONDAY EVENING. THESE STRONG
WINDS WILL INTERACT WITH THE NEW SNOW AND CAUSE WHITE OUT
CONDITIONS SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 94 AND WEST OF INTERSTATE
35...INCLUDING CARVER AND SCOTT COUNTIES IN MINNESOTA. SLIGHTLY
LIGHTER WINDS AND MORE TREES SHOULD PRECLUDE BLIZZARD CONDITIONS
OVER FAR EASTERN MINNESOTA AND WESTERN WISCONSIN...INCLUDING
HENNEPIN AND RAMSEY COUNTIES AND THE REMAINDER OF THE TWIN CITIES
Update on BLIZZARD WARNING:
...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM MONDAY TO 1 AM CDT
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN HAS ISSUED
A BLIZZARD WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM MONDAY TO 1 AM
CDT TUESDAY. THE BLIZZARD WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
* WINDS/VISIBILITY: SUSTAINED WINDS OF 30 TO 40 MPH...WITH GUSTS
NEAR 50 MPH WILL CAUSE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW AND NEAR ZERO
VISIBILITY IN OPEN AREAS.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 2 TO 4 INCHES.
* TIMING: SNOW WILL BEGIN LATE THIS EVENING AND TAPER OFF LATE
MONDAY MORNING. STRONG WINDS WILL THEN DEVELOP MONDAY MORNING
BEHIND A COLD FRONT BEFORE SUBSIDING MONDAY EVENING.
Timing the Snow...
Here's a look at the snowfall potential through Tuesday.
A very nice display of northern lights was visible Saturday night across parts of the northern latitudes. Here are a few of the more impressive images I saw! Thanks to Michael Thompson, Bill Doms, Neva Andersen and John Thain for the amazing images below!
Auroras Still Visible?
Dwellers in the northern latitudes (weather permitting) should still be on the look-out for more northern lights as the Geomagnetic Storming continues...
Remembering March 2012...
I hate to pour salt in the wound, but can you believe that at this time last year, we were close to 80° in the Twin Cities? The official high was 79F on the 18th and 19th, both records highs. Nearly everything was off to an early start, even the magnolias were blooming!
"Mother Nature is rearranging her trophy case. An unprecedented mid-March influx of warm, moist air has produced record-setting temperatures for many locations east of the Rockies, including Minnesota.
During this warm stretch, the maximum temperature in the Twin Cities has reached or exceeded 70 degrees on eight days, breaking the previous March record of five set in 1910. Through March 19, the Twin Cities maximum temperature reached or exceeded 70 degrees for four consecutive days, breaking the previous record of three consecutive days which occurred on March 23-25, 1939 and March 22-24, 1945.
When the Twin Cities temperature reached 80 dgrees on March 17, it was the first 80 degree temperature since October 9, 2011. The span without 80 degree temperatures was 159 days, the fewest consecutive number of days without 80 degrees in the modern record."
Big Swing in the Twin Cities
Look at how much different 2012 was vs. this year in the Twin Cities... WOW!
What A Difference... 2012 vs. 2013
Take a look at how little snow cover was left across the nation on March 17th, 2012. Other than the higher elevations out west and those in the Northeast, it was nearly all gone! There is still nearly 27% snow cover across the nation this year!
Snowy February and First half of March
If it hadn't been as cold and snowy over the last month and a half, there would stil be some pretty big snow deficits across the northern tier of the country. Thanks to a more active weather patter over the last several weeks, several locations have been making up for lost time.
Spring Begins Wednesday
Although the calendar will say Spring, it'll feel more like Winter for folks in the northeast quadrant of the nation through much of the week. Below are high temperatures expected Wednesday with the departure from normal for Wednesday as well. (Tomorrow should say Wednesday).
Thanks for checking in and have a great week ahead!
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