Thunderwear Alert. No watches or warnings (yet), but the atmosphere overhead is just unstable enough for storms capable of hail and even some strong (60 mph+) wind gusts from mid-afternoon into the evening hours. The slow movement of some of these cells may squeeze out significant rain as well, maybe some 1-3" amounts - I could see some urban and small stream flooding into the late evening hours. NWS Doppler radar at 2:32 pm.
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Snow lovers may have reason to smile (or at least grin) in the coming days as 2 systems push into Minnesota. Two plowable snowfalls in the span of about 48-72 hours. Even though temperatures rise well into the 30s for highs next week it would be premature to write off winter just yet.
It's still not nearly as nasty-cold as it was 4 winters ago. The winter of 2013-2014 was the coldest since 1936, a true (and increasingly rare) pioneer winter. Meteorological winter has been a few degrees colder than average, but the entire heating season (since last August) is actually running a little warmer than average. We warm up into the 30s next week, but short-term there's another chance for accumulating snow late Thursday; possibly enough to shovel and plow.
February is the bleakest month for many of us - March can't come fast enough. Sure it snows in March, but snow usually melts within a day or 2, and temperatures reach the 30s and 40s - almost a bargain compared to January. Then again, the Twin Cities has cold weather boasting rights for the USA - 5th coldest (big) city in the world? Bold North indeed.
Snow falls north of the MSP metro area Sunday, but we're still on track for a couple inches of slush Monday. By the time the system really gets going, fueled with moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, it'll be too far east for heavy amounts here. Another coating of flakes Tuesday gives way to blue sky by midweek. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson