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Twin Cities: Winter Weather Advisory Thru Tonight

  • Blog Post by: Paul Douglas
  • March 18, 2013 - 1:03 PM

Winter Weather Advisory Continues

The National Weather Service has cancelled the Winter Storm Warning and Blizzard Warning for much of central and southern MN, but has issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY thru 1AM Tuesday.

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM CDT TUESDAY...
...WINTER STORM WARNING IS CANCELLED...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN HAS ISSUED
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW...WHICH IS IN
EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM CDT TUESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN
CANCELLED.


* LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW WILL CONTINUE AFTER 10 AM OVER EAST
CENTRAL MINNESOTA AND TAPER OFF BY EARLY THIS AFTERNOON. A SHORT
PERIOD OF FREEZING DRIZZLE MAY ALSO OCCUR OVER MINNESOTA EAST OF
A LINE FROM MORA...TO MINNEAPOLIS TO FAIRMONT INTO THE NOON
HOUR. ADDITIONAL SNOW SHOWERS ARE ALSO ANTICIPATED OVER THIS
REGION DURING THE AFTERNOON. GUSTY WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO
DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON BEHIND A COLD FRONT BEFORE SUBSIDING
MONDAY EVENING.

* ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 1 TO 2 INCHES.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY: SUSTAINED WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH...WITH GUSTS
NEAR 40 MPH WILL CAUSE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. VISIBILITIES
MAY BE REDUCED TO LESS THAN A HALF MILE AT TIMES IN OPEN
AREAS.

* TIMING: MODERATE NORTHERLY WINDS WITH STRONG GUSTS WILL CONTINUE
INTO THE EVENING HOURS...AND BEGIN TO ABATE SOMEWHAT BY EARLY THIS
EVENING.

Snow This AM

Thanks to Lee Huffman for the picture below out of Minneapolis from earlier today. A quick burst of snow was all that was needed to make another commute slow.

 

Some Snowfall Reports So Far...

Here are a few snowfall reports from earlier Monday.

 

Heaviest Snow Reports So Far

Here's a list of some of the heaviest MN snowfall reports so. The biggest is 7" at Dixon Lake and Tenstrike in the northern part of the state.

 

Rest of the Day

 

 

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Irrationally Bitter

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!

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Todd's Star Tribune Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:

MONDAY: Scattered light snow after with storm total of 2" to 4" for Twin Cities and surrounding areas possible by evening. Windy and colder with blowing and drifting snow through the afternoon/evening. High: Afternoon/evening temps around 20°. 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

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Irrationally Bitter

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!

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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. Scattered light snow after with storm total of 2" to 4" possible by evening. 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

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National Snowfall Potential

 
National snowfall over the next 3 days could be quite heavy across parts of the northern tier of the nation, especially the Midwest, Northeast and Northwest.
 
 
 
Winter Weather Headlines
 
The National Weather Service has updated their winter weather headlines map to include folks in the Northeast for the potential of heavy snowfall. Stay tuned for more!
 
 
National Precipitation Forecast
 
NOAA's HPC 5 day precipiation forecast suggests that several inches of precipitation could fall across the eastern half of the country and also in the west.
 

 

Northern Lights...

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...

See the Planetary K-Index HERE:

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

March 2012

"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."

See more from Climate.umn.edu HERE:

 

 

 

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!

Don't forget to follow me on Twitter @TNelsonWNTV

 

 

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