Good news: The risk of waking up to a slushy coating has diminished in the immediate metro area, the best chance of a "few inches of slush" east of the St. Croix, across western Wisconsin. This will primarily a rain event - maybe another .5 to .75" of rain by Wednesday morning. Lovely out there, huh?
Dodging A Bullet. The latest NAM solution keeps the coldest air just east of MSP late tonight and early Wednesday, a potential for 1-3" snow in Eau Claire, maybe 4" at Hayward, and closer to 6-10" for a few lucky towns in far northern Wisconsin. Hard to belive that May is right around the corner.
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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
While the south and east digs out we enjoy occasional dribs and drabs of snow. An Alberta Clipper may drop a quick inch Sunday night and early Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday will feel like January, but temperatures mellow by late week; ECMWF guidance hinting at 30s and 40s a week from today. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Raging fires in southern California, crippling snows from the southern USA into the east coast. No, I'm not going to complain about a few flurries, a handful of crippled clippers between now and Christmas. It may even warm up a little next week as more of a Pacific breeze kicks in.