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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Highs will be in the 30s to around 40 Monday afternoon in the Twin Cities, but a change is coming as we head toward the second half of the week. How much snow could we see? And how cold could it get? Click for details! - D.J. Kayser
Enjoy the warmth through the middle of the week, as a blast of cold air will start to move in just in time for Christmas. Yes, we'll "welcome" highs in the single digits back to the region next weekend. This cold blast will also come with snow Wednesday-Thursday. Click for more information! - D.J. Kayser
I couldn't help but notice how bad the roads were last night with a lousy half inch of snow (on top of glaze ice in some areas). Travel conditions improve today with relative warmth through the middle of the week. The arrival of a real cold front could still set off a few inches by Thursday. A week from Saturday there will be no doubt in your mind that it's late December.
Yes, these are the "good 'ol days", at least in terms of tolerable temperatures. Highs reach the 30s from this weekend into Wednesday of next week, followed by a pre-Christmas temperature tumble. Nothing shriek-worthy, but within 7 days there will be NO doubt in your mind that winter is not to be trifled within across the Upper Midwest.
At this point the Twin Cities metro is running an 11 inch snowfall deficit, to date. And I don't see a major shift in the pattern anytime soon, at least through the end of December - no big snow events as long as prevailing jet stream winds are howling from the northwest. Temperatures run 5-10F warmer than average into Thursday of next week, then a numbing smack just in time for Christmas.