Severe Storm Watch. SPC has issued a watch for most of central and east central Minnesota and a big chunk of western Wisconsin until 6 am. There's a good chance the cells over western and central MN will congeal into an MCS, a swirl of strong to severe storms capable of torrential rains, 50-60 mph gusts and frequent lightning overnight. I could see some minor flooding as the storms sweep thru, probably making for a slower Friday morning commute.
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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.
Tuesday was colder than average, but the latest in a series of clippers pulls slightly milder air into town today, a mix of very light snow or freezing drizzle possible - and a few roads may ice up. Relatively mild weather spills over into the first half of next week. And then a punch of Canadian air arrives - just in time for Christmas. Still no big storms of any flavor in sight.
Considering the Winter Solstice is now a little more than a week away, I can't say I'm surprised that we may see a true arctic slap around Christmas. Details are hazy, but both NOAA and ECMWF models hint at a precipitous drop in temperature by the end of next week. Until then a few clippers, nuisance amounts of snow, and temperatures trending above average.
A clipper will move through the state Monday, bringing 1-2" of snow with it along with colder air for Tuesday. The cold air won't last long, and we'll see a few more 30s later this week. Meanwhile, today marks seven years since the snowstorm that busted the Metrodome roof. Click for more! - D.J. Kayser