"Being at ease with not knowing is crucial for answers to come to you," wrote spiritual teacher and writer Eckhart Tolle. We have all been living with uncertainty for nearly a year now, waiting for vaccines and our better angels to return.

Predicting weather is the rough equivalent of peeling an infinite onion of uncertainty. We can track what's happening (now), and weather models, approximations of how the atmosphere should behave, are good and getting better. But every storm is different, every wet swirl a unique puzzle to be deciphered.

Today's storm is a reminder that plowable amounts of snow are still possible, even without a thick layer of cold air present, or a soggy storm approaching from the Gulf of Mexico. The duration of snowfall is critical, and by the time flakes subside tonight, many of us will be shoveling 4-7 inches; closer to 6-10 inches in far southern Minnesota.

Travel improves over the weekend, but models hint at more storms late next week, followed by a week of subzero lows.