Friday Snowfall May Be (Barely) Plowable

A few waves of colder air are on the way, and the arrival of this (relatively minor) reality check will set off a period of accumulating snow Thursday PM into Friday. A few inches of slush may pile up, more north of MSP.

Warm Week Followed By Colder Temps

January 10
Daytime highs rise above freezing into Thursday, so expect minor melting. Your driveway may magically reappear in the days ahead. The arrival of the first volley of colder air spins up a Thursday storm capable of accumulating. Check the blog for updates. -Todd Nelson

More Clouds And Fog Sunday - Warming Up This Week

January 9
No surprise here - it looks like Sunday will feature more clouds and at least some morning fog across the region. However, it looks like highs will approach 40F Wednesday! Click for more details. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
January 15
Cloudy Weekend Ahead With A Few Snow Showers Saturday Evening

Cloudy Weekend Ahead With A Few Snow Showers Saturday Evening

The system that brought that wintry mix of precipitation, as well as blizzard conditions to portions of the state, is on its way out into the weekend. Skies will be mainly cloudy Saturday and Sunday with highs in the 20s. A few snow showers could be possible Saturday evening. Click for details. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
January 13

Plowable Snowfall Likely By Friday Night

An icy mix today gives way to all-snow and stronger winds PM hours into Friday. This will be a warm storm; even tomorrow temperatures flirt with freezing. That should mean a wetter snowfall, less prone to blowing & drifting. I see about 3-6 inches by Saturday morning. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
January 8

Forecast Calls for More Rime Ice

A lingering inversion keeps us socked in with clouds/fog today. Winds increase next week and a combination of more sun and a Pacific breeze lures the mercury close to 40F. A real cold front is coming I expect a week or two of subzero lows and single-digit highs in late January. Not record-breaking cold... but cold enough. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
January 7

Ice Fog, Quickie Thaw Next Week, Then Subzero Slap

Unusually light winds (for early January) will continue to favor thick fog and low clouds into the weekend, but as a breeze picks up from the west next week the sun may break through with a few days above 32F. Soak up a fleeting January warm front because this month ends on a much colder note
Paul Douglas
January 3

Mild Into Mid-Month Then Watch Out

Minor melting is expected this week - a couple days above freezing. It may be mild enough for icy rain to mix in with flurries early Monday. Another big storm sails well south of Minnesota this week - no new snow here anytime soon, in fact the pattern looks remarkably quiet into mid-January. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
January 2
Another Foggy Start Expected Sunday - Highs Remain Above Average This Week

Another Foggy Start Expected Sunday - Highs Remain Above Average This Week

We'll see some freezing fog once again to begin Sunday across the region with a mix of sun and clouds to mainly cloudy skies expected for the afternoon. Highs will remain above average this week, with the warmest day expected to be Monday. Click for details. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
January 1
Quiet Weather For The First Weekend Of 2021

Quiet Weather For The First Weekend Of 2021

We're welcoming in the first weekend of 2021 quietly in the Twin Cities, with fog and clouds Saturday but sunnier skies expected Sunday. Highs will be in the upper 20s to low 30s both days. Click for more information. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
December 31, 2020

Happy New Year 2021 Predictions

Meteorologists still have no explanation for the January Thaw, but I see a few days at or above freezing next week. No Arctic air is imminent - nothing subzero into mid-January. Keep in mind our coldest weather, historically, comes the second or third week of January. Maybe this year the Polar Vortex will come in June? Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
December 30, 2020

A Better Way to Anticipate Winter Storms?

No weather drama or fun-with-inches challenges are imminent. The pattern is devoid of major storms; maybe some slush the middle of next week. Romp in perfect snow soon because a January Thaw arrives next week. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
December 29, 2020
Snow will taper off Tuesday Night, otherwise a quiet end to 2020

Snow will taper off Tuesday Night, otherwise a quiet end to 2020

Overall 2-5" of snow will be left behind here across central and southern Minnesota from our Tuesday & Tuesday Night system to clean up from. We should see quiet weather to end 2020 on Wednesday and Thursday. Click for more details. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
December 29, 2020
Winter Weather Advisory Tuesday Into Wednesday For 3-5 Inches Of Snow

Winter Weather Advisory Tuesday Into Wednesday For 3-5 Inches Of Snow

We have one more chance at snow before ending 2020 as a Winter Weather Advisory is in place from Tuesday morning to Wednesday morning. We could see 3-5" fall in the metro, with heavier amounts across portions of Iowa and Wisconsin. Click for more details. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
December 27, 2020

A Welcome Distraction? More Snow Coming

Sunday's snowfall was an appetizer. A southern storm pushes a shield of accumulating snow into Minnesota PM hours Tuesday, and plowable, 4-5 inch plus amounts are possible before skies clear late Wednesday. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
December 26, 2020
An inch or two of snow Sunday, with another system coming Tuesday into Wednesday

An inch or two of snow Sunday, with another system coming Tuesday into Wednesday

While a system moving through the Upper Midwest will bring up to about two inches of snow across the state Sunday, another - potentially larger - storm awaits heading toward the middle of the week. Click for more details. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
December 26, 2020

Quiet Weekend, More Snow Next Week?

A fast moving clipper system will push through the region on Sunday with a chance of light snow accumulations across the northern half of the state. Accumulations will be light, but roads could become slippery once again.
Paul Douglas
December 25, 2020

The Blizzard That Saved a White Christmas

It came right down to the wire, but (blizzard-aside) it's nice to see snow for Christmas. No weather-drama in our short term, with temperatures below freezing the next 7-8 days (good news for snow lovers hoping to get out and play in the powder). A January thaw may be brewing...
Paul Douglas
December 24, 2020

Aftermath of the December Blizzard of '20

Where do I begin. You ok? A good time to remind you that we don't see storms with names (sorry Weather Channel), volcanic ash or earthquakes. Just frozen water. Sometimes a lot of frozen water with 65+ mph wind gusts. Less snow than predicted, yes, but more overall impact than expected, thanks to glaze ice and winds that wouldn't relent.
December 23, 2020
Paul Douglas: 'Crippling' winter storm with potential for 15-20"

Paul Douglas: 'Crippling' winter storm with potential for 15-20"

The winter ranking scale I borrowed from my favorite college professor goes from nuisance to plowable, then crippling. The more I look at the maps and models the more I'm thinking this will be a crippling storm for much of Minnesota. Every model run (both NOAA and ECMWF) trends snowier over time. We'll get a white Christmas. Very white.
Paul Douglas
December 23, 2020

Paul Douglas: Close to blizzard criteria later today

Most arctic slaps are preceded by accumulating snow. Not all numbing cold fronts, but most. Increasingly, models are suggesting significant (plowable) amounts of snow during the PM hours Wednesday, whipped around by 30-50 mph winds. Travel will become increasingly difficult during the day Wednesday, and a very cold Christmas is all but assured.
Paul Douglas
December 22, 2020

Christmas 2020 Looks White, Windy and Cold

Our on-again, off-again white Christmas appears to be on-again, although details are very much up in the air. One thing is clear: Santa will need a seat-warmer in that sleigh
Paul Douglas
December 21, 2020

The Winter Solstice Arrives

There's a chance of midweek snow, then a big Christmas chill.
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