Severe Risk Shifts Into Wisconsin (slowly drying out this afternoon)
September 19, 2013 — 1:27pm
Drama Is Over. The severe risk is now shifting into Wisconsin (Severe Storm Watch still posted until 4 PM). The front is through, heaviest rains (and lightning) east of the St. Croix River Valley. Clouds will linger into the afternoon but skies should brighten a bit, northwest winds pumping cooler, less humid air into town. NWS Doppler at 1:26 PM.
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If you enjoyed Monday you will positively relish today's weather: blue sky, less wind...single digit highs! Sounds like fun. Imagine how good 20s will feel tomorrow; 30s Thursday into Saturday before cooling off a bit next week (back down to average - not arctic). The arrival of this cooler front may set off a period of snow Sunday - still early for specifics.
Cold air is filtering back in for the beginning of the week. Highs will barely make it to zero in the Twin Cities Monday, and they will stay below zero across western Minnesota. I do have 30s in the forecast, though! Click into the blog to find out when. - D.J. Kayser
Sunday's clipper should drop 2-3 inches of powder; as much as 4 inches in a few suburbs. Enough to plow, enough to slow down drive times. Take it easy out there. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
If it's any consolation...the sun will be out today, and Monday and Tuesday. Days are getting longer, the sun angle is already higher - average temperatures finally start to budge upward after January 17 or so - and sure enough a warming trend is likely by the latter half of next week. Once again 30s will feel supernaturally good. Sunday's clipper may drop a quick 2-3" of snow, enough to grease up roads. We may be sliding into a stormier pattern in general - with slightly moderating temperatures may come a northward shift in the (main) storm track, which may bode well for snow lovers. Then again I may have frostbite on the brain...
More character-building weather is on tap into the first half of next week; probably 6 more nights below zero, daytime highs struggling to reach single digits. At least the sun will be out. Except for Sunday, when a clipper may squeeze out a few inches of icy fluff. If you're heading to the Vikes game Sunday roads may become very slick. A thaw is a week away! To quote Dan Rather...courage.