Plowable Snow Up North Sunday (mostly rain for MSP metro)
April 13, 2013 — 11:05am
Close Call. Don't panic - we may pick up a coating to an inch of slush early Sunday morning, but temperatures aloft should be (just) warm enough for rain most of the day. St. Cloud may pick up 2", maybe 4" from Mille Lacs to Brainerd, with some 4-8" amounts in the Red River Valley - further complicating the spring flood forecast. 12z 12km. WSI RPM output above.
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Well, we had our Thanksgiving excitement: 1.3" of slush at MSP International Airport; more south and east, less north and west. Just enough to remind us that the start of meteorological winter is a few days away. On paper. There still isn't much in the way of bitter air showing up within a few thousand miles of Minnesota; I see a mild bias continuing into mid-December, possibly longer. We'll see snow and cold fronts, just not the volume we're accustomed to.
Somewhere along the way an inch of snow became a "storm". BREAKING NEWS! When temperatures are near 32F as they will be today an inch of snow is a nuisance, most major roads stay wet with accumulation on lawns, fields, and slow-moving relatives. There probably will be some slippery roads by late afternoon and evening, especially south/east of MSP, where a couple inches may pile up. Since we've all forgotten how to drive on snow please be careful out there! Better yet, stay home, have an extra plate of food and ponder the many things we all have to be thankful for.
While many are planning on traveling over the next couple of days, a storm system will wrap up over the Central U.S., making for a few trouble spots. The good news is that significant snowfall tallies look unlikely close to home as the storm passes to our south, but rain changing to light snow Wednesday into Thursday may make for a slower commute. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
It appears that light rain/drizzle on Wednesday may transition to light snow by Thanksgiving across parts of the Upper Midwest. While it doesn't appear that any major accumulations will settle in close to home, another system late this weekend could bring a light coating. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson