Snow Totals From Saturday/Saturday Night
Snow ended across the region Saturday night, leaving the area with some fresh powder to get into on Sunday! This picture was from a hike I took with my wife at Bend in the River Regional Park in Rice on Sunday.
Overall a good 2-5" of snow fell in most places across central and southern Minnesota Saturday and Saturday night. The top total was out in Westbrook (southwestern Minnesota) where 6" of snow was reported.
Here are the official climate station reports from the Twin Cities National Weather Service office. 5.3" of the MSP Airport total fell on Saturday, falling just short of the daily record of 5.7" set back in 1949. The additional 0.3" fell early Sunday morning.
Warm January - And Meteorological Winter - So Far
Our warmer than average January has continued over the past week, even though we finally saw our first few days that contributed a daily negative departure from average to the value on the 19th, 22nd, and 23rd. So far this month our average temperature has been 22.8F, which is 7.4F degrees above average. This ranks as the 11th warmest January to date on record.
The warmer than average weather extends into full meteorological winter so far as well, which run from December 1 through the end of February. So far since December 1, our average temperature has been 24.2F, which ranks as the 11th warmest on record to date. You can see the beginning of winter 2018-29 down in 14th place, with 2011-12 up in 6th.
Where Are The Sub-Zeros?
With the warmer than average January - and winter - so far, we haven't seen that many sub-zero lows in the Twin Cities so far. In fact, we've seen zero so far this month, which if we don't see any the rest of the month would be tied with 2006 and 1990 for the least on record for the month. So far this winter we've only seen two days where the low has dipped below zero, which is tied for the 3rd least to date (2002 and 1932 had only observed one day in winter with a sub-zero low through January 23rd).
A January With No Subzero Chill?
By Paul Douglas
20s...above zero? That's grilling weather in Minnesota. Where is the cold air? We experienced a couple subzero nights in December, but so far January, the coldest month of the year, has not seen a single night of negative fun at MSP. We normally enjoy 10 nights of negative numbers in January, by the way.
If we avoid subzero chill the rest of this month (possible) it'll be the first time since 2006, and only the third time since modern-day records began in 1872.
January is running 7.4F warmer than average at MSP, and according to Dr. Mark Seeley, January 2021 may wind up as one of the 5 warmest on record, statewide.
A persistent Pacific flow is to thank (or blame) and temperatures mellow to near 30F next weekend before cooling down the second week of February.
Dry weather lingers into Saturday morning, but a southern storm may rotate moisture into Minnesota Saturday PM into Sunday, with more accumulating snow.
We're seeing the snow without polar cold. Reminder: winter of 2013-14: 53 nights below zero.
Paul's Extended Twin Cities Forecast
MONDAY: Sunny, cool breeze. Wake up 2. High 18. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind NE 10-15 mph.
TUESDAY: Plenty of sun, still chilly. Wake up 7. High 17. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind NE 8-13 mph.
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny and quiet. Wake up 2. High 16. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind N 3-8 mph.
THURSDAY: Mix of clouds and sunshine. Wake up 3. High 22. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind SE 8-13 mph.
FRIDAY: Some sun, milder than average. Wake up 11. High 27. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind E 10-15 mph.
SATURDAY: Wet snow possible PM hours. Wake up 18. High 29. Chance of precipitation 50%. Wind E 10-20 mph.
SUNDAY: Snow lingers, some accumulation? Wake up 24. High 28. Chance of precipitation 70%. Wind NE 8-13 mph.
This Day in Weather History
1964: A record high temperature of 64 is set at Redwood Falls.
Average Temperatures & Precipitation for Minneapolis
Average High:24F (Record: 58F set in 1944)
Average Low:7F (Record: -31F set in 1904)
Average Precipitation:0.02" (Record: 0.50" set in 1950)
Average Snowfall: 0.4" (Record: 7.5" in 1950)
Record Snow Depth: 32" in 1982
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
*Length Of Day:9 hours,31 minutes and51 seconds
*Daylight GAINED Since Yesterday:~2 minute and 19 seconds
*When Do We Climb To 10 Hours Of Daylight?February 6th (10 hours,2 minutes, and 34 seconds)
*When Is The Sunrise At/Before 7:30 AM?: February 3rd (7:29 AM)
*When Is The Sunset At/After 5:30 PM? February 7th (5:30 PM)
Twin Cities And Minnesota Weather Outlook
It'll be a chilly start to the workweek in the Twin Cities, with morning temperatures starting off in the mid-single digits (above zero), climbing to a high right around 20F. The day will start off mainly sunny, but more clouds will start to sneak on in during the afternoon.
A few snow showers may be possible early Monday morning across portions of northwestern Minnesota, otherwise, the day is expected to be calm across the state. Cloudier skies can be expected in northern Minnesota and far southern portions of the state, but a mix of sun and clouds to mainly sunny skies are expected elsewhere. Highs will range from just above zero in far northwestern portions of Minnesota to the low 20s in southeastern Minnesota.
These highs on Monday will be below average across the entire state. The average high for the Twin Cities on January 25th is 24F.
Highs will remain fairly steady around 20F through the beginning and middle of the week. By the end of the week we should see some warmer air start working in, bringing highs back to around freezing for Friday.
National Weather Forecast
As we head into Monday we will be tracking a couple of areas of low pressure across the United States. The first, moving from near Oklahoma City Monday morning to near Pittsburgh by Tuesday morning, will bring a wide swath of snow, ice, and storms from the central and southern Plains to the Southeast and up toward New York City. Heavy snow is expected with this system from Kansas to Illinois. A second low, across the Southwest, will bring rain and higher elevation snow.
Through Tuesday evening, a few areas of heavy rain will be possible across the nation. This includes areas from the Southern Plains into the Mid-Atlantic states and out along portions of the west coast including southern California. In these areas at least 1-3" of rain could fall. Looking at snow, a band of at least 6-12" of snow could fall from portions of northern Kansas to Chicago through the beginning of the week. Heavy mountain snow can be expected out west as well, with several feet possible, especially in the Sierras and in Arizona.
Here's a closer look at the expected snowfall tallies across the upper Midwest to begin the week. Some areas of northern Kansas, southeastern Nebraska, and southern Iowa could see a foot of snow.
Due to the expected snow across the upper Midwest, Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories are in place.
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