Snow Chances This Week
We have our eye on several snow chances as we head through this week. The first will continue to move through as we head through Sunday Night, with 1-3" of snow possible. Another 1-3" will be possible Monday night into Tuesday morning before a few more inches are possible as we head into Wednesday. A fourth storm, not shown in the loop above, could impact the region as we head into Friday and early Saturday, but it's too early for too many details on that system.
The heaviest snow as we wake up Monday morning will have fallen south and southwest of the Cities, where 2-4" are possible for areas like Mankato. Across the cities, tallies of 1-3" can be expected.
Due to those expected heavier amounts across portions of southern Minnesota, a Winter Weather Advisory is in place through Midnight Sunday Night.
Snow Update (Through Saturday)
As we take a look at snowfall so far this year across the region, we are now below average in the Twin Cities through Saturday with 25.6" of snow so far (33rd snowiest start). International Falls is over 5" below average, but Duluth still sits at 17" above average with 58.2" so far - the eighth snowiest start to the season through January 11th.
The most snow on the ground is across northern Minnesota, where the latest MN DNR snow depth update shows tallies of at least two feet in some areas. Closer to the Twin Cities, Afton State Park reported 3" of snow depth on the 8th with the same reported at William O'Brien State Park on the 11th, but Lake Maria State Park reported 6" on the 10th.
Meanwhile, if you are heading up to the North Shore anytime soon, many of the state parks are reporting 20-30" of snow on the ground.
Potentially Snowy Week Ahead - Up And Down Temps
By D.J. Kayser, filling in for Paul Douglas
We’ve been in somewhat of a snow “drought” recently in the Twin Cities. Before this past weekend only a trace of snow had fallen in January at MSP. The last snowfall that was greater than a trace was back on December 30th when 4.9” fell. Meanwhile, the snow depth at MSP airport Sunday morning was 3”, the same depth it’s been stuck at the past week.
But it looks like our snow fortunes will turn around this week for snow lovers! We’re waking up this morning to a fresh few inches of snow on the ground. A second shot of light snow will side through tonight through early Tuesday with another 1-3” of accumulation expected. A third system Wednesday brings a couple more inches, particularly in the afternoon and evening hours. Then we watch a potentially more potent system rumble through the Upper Midwest Friday into Saturday that could bring enough to shovel or plow depending on the overall track.
Rollercoaster highs will continue with values near 30F Monday and Tuesday before crashing into the teens for the middle of the week.
Extended Twin Cities Forecast
MONDAY: Cloudy today. Snow tonight. Wake up 20. High 30. Chance of precipitation 60%. Wind SE 5-10 mph.
TUESDAY: Snow lingers early. Falling PM temps. Wake up 25. High 30. Chance of precipitation 20%. Wind W 5-10 mph.
WEDNESDAY: Light snow, especially in the PM hours. Wake up 9. High 18. Chance of precipitation 60%. Wind NW 5-10 mph.
THURSDAY: Cold sunshine returns. Wake up 0. High 16. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind SE 3-8 mph.
FRIDAY: Next round of snow. Gusty winds. Wake up 7. High 27. Chance of precipitation 50%. Wind SE 10-20 mph.
SATURDAY: AM snowflakes. Clouds stick around. Wake up 3. High 18. Chance of precipitation 20%. Wind NW 10-20 mph.
SUNDAY: Cloudy. Light snow in Northern MN. Wake up -4. High 10. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind NW 3-8 mph.
This Day in Weather History
1916: The high temperature in the Twin Cities only reaches a frigid -14 degrees.
Average Temperatures & Precipitation for Minneapolis
Average High: 23F (Record: 48F set in 1987)
Average Low: 7F (Record: -30F set in 1916)
Average Precipitation: 0.03" (Record: 0.37" set in 1887)
Average Snowfall: 0.4" (Record: 6.0" set in 1967)
Record Snow Depth: 19" in 1984
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
Sunrise: 7:48 AM
Sunset: 4:54 PM
*Length Of Day: 9 hours, 5 minutes and 58 seconds
*Daylight GAINED Since Yesterday: ~1 minute and 38 seconds
*When Do We Climb To 9.5 Hours Of Daylight? January 25th (9 hours, 30 minutes, and 5 seconds)
*Next Sunrise At/Before 7:30 AM: February 3rd (7:30 AM)
*Next Sunset At/After 5 PM: January 18th (5:01 PM)
Minnesota Weather Outlook
We'll be watching snow chances on Monday, mainly very early in the day and then again as we head through Monday Night. Otherwise, expect a lot of clouds but a few peeks of sun. Highs will be in the 20s across much of the state, with a few 30s across southern Minnesota.
HIghs will be up to 10F degrees above average across the state on Monday. The average high in the Twin Cities for January 13th is 23F.
The best chance of seeing any snow showers in the Twin Cities Monday would be really early in the day and again as we head into the overnight hours. Otherwise, expect mainly cloudy skies. Temperatures start off the morning around 20F, climbing to around 30F for a high.
And this will be another up-and-down week temperature-wise in the Twin Cities with highs in the low 30s to begin the week but they will swing downward into the teens Wednesday and Thursday. They should rebound into the 20s with a system moving through the region Friday.
But then those temperatures will tumble again heading into next weekend and potentially the fourth week of 2020.
National Weather Forecast
On Monday, rain and snow will impact portions of the western United States, even bringing snow to Seattle. Some snow showers will be possible around the Great Lakes during the morning, with some in the Upper Midwest by the evening. A frontal boundary across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic will lead to showers and storms.
Rainfall amounts through the early week across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic could top 1-2" in some locations. Meanwhile, feet of snow will be possible out west, particularly in the Cascades. Seattle could even see a few inches of snow.
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