Fizzling Showers. NWS Doppler at 2:52 PM shows a rapidly weakening band of showers pushing across the metro area, a possible T-storm north of Cambridge, but not nearly as impressive (overall) as it was this morning. A couple hours of showers and sprinkles are possible, but you may be able to salvage late afternoon and evening plans under a mostly-gray sky.
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I know, I know. You've heard the hype before. It starts out with "looks like significant snow!" Within 3-4 days it's "looks like flurries!" I don't blame you for being skeptical. So am I. But the pattern has shifted, we are getting moisture from the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico with a storm track south/east of Minnesota, possibly favorable for heavy snow for parts of Minnesota. It could be a pile, very plowable for portions of central Minnesota, maybe the metro - although I still think something will come along to gum up the snowfall potential for MSP. We'll see, but at least there's a chance Sunday night into Monday.
We are transitioning to a somewhat milder, significantly stormier pattern in the days and weeks to come. Instead of being lashed by a parade of clippers whipping up powder and cringe-worthy wind chills, a more southerly flow could mean heavier (wetter) snow, possibly mixed with rain and ice at times. But at least we stand a somewhat better chance of accumulating snow - without subzero temperatures to complain about.
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