Winter is Delayed But Not Canceled: Chilly Slap Next Week With Some Snow

Our autumnal weather honeymoon has been quite remarkable (tie for 4th warmest September - November period on record in the Twin Cities) with an unusual number of sunny days. Alas, things are about to change. Next week will be cold enough for snow, and it appears frozen water is on the way, coming in a few waves of low pressure next week. Enjoy your green lawn, odds are you won't be able to see it next week.

Mild Bias Continues Next 10 Days - Some Snow Up North Next Week

November 29
Stop me if you've heard this before: temperatures trend milder than average this week with low 50s on the 1st day of December (and a few rain showers). Adding insult to injury for winter weather (snow) lovers. We do cool off next week, but conditions are poor to marginal for accumulating snow for roughly the southern half of Minnesota into much of next week. Winter Lite limps on...

Snow Drought Hangs On - Green Thanksgiving Expected This Year

November 18
Good news for travelers looking out into the Thanksgiving weekend; bad news for people who love to romp in the snow. The pattern won't favor piles of frozen water anytime soon. Gusty winds? Absolutely. A temperature roller coaster? Yep. But Old Man Winter should continue to pull his punch into late November, based on everything I'm seeing.
Paul Douglas
5:03am

Big Swings: Plowable Snowfall Friday - 50s Next Week?

After the latest arctic treat I'm happy to report thawing temperatures are on the way next week with a run of 40s; models insist we will see 50s by the middle of next week, which seems like a meteorological disconnect, considering plowable snow is increasingly likely Friday. South metro will probably pick up more than north metro, but 3-8" from north to south across the Twin Cities seems like a realistic number by breakfast Saturday. No travel issues today. Small consolation.
Paul Douglas
December 7

Snowy Powder and Unusual Warm Fronts

The sun comes out today with 40 degrees Thursday before a close encounter with a storm approaching from Denver on Friday. Latest models keep the heaviest snow band south/east of MSP with a couple inches here; maybe 8-10" closer to La Crosse. Colder air returns for Santa's big arrival. It may come down to the wire for a white Christmas. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
December 7

Icy Nuisance Snowfall Today - Plowable Snow Potential by Late Week

Monday's spasm of arctic air is fading a bit and a weak clipper-like system will squeeze out a coating of fluff today, just enough to ice up roads with temperatures creeping above 20F by afternoon. Quiet weather returns Wednesday and Thursday before a storm approaching from Denver pushes more snow into southern Minnesota (and possibly the metro area) Friday into Saturday morning. Whatever falls will probably melt next week as Pacific air guides the mercury close to 40F a few days next week.
Paul Douglas
December 5

Today: A Windblown Preview of January

The sun will be out today, but it won't help much: wind chills may dip to -10F early this morning with afternoon "highs" in the low teens. Invigorating. A coating of flurries may brush southern counties Tuesday. A mild blip Thursday gives way to snowy possibilities Saturday PM into Sunday, as a storm approaches from Colorado. Confidence levels are low this far out but ECMWF predicts plowable snow early next weekend.
Paul Douglas
December 4

A Real Polar Punch Arrives Monday

Monday will be nippy with highs in the teens and a chill factor below zero, in spite of bright sunshine. A slippery coating of snow arrives Tuesday, with a couple inches of slush Thursday. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
December 3
Mainly Quiet Saturday - Winter Storm Watch In Northern Minnesota

Mainly Quiet Saturday - Winter Storm Watch In Northern Minnesota

While Saturday should be quiet in the Twin Cities, we are watching a storm system for the second half of the weekend that will bring heavy snow to northern portions of the state. Click for details. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
December 1

4th Warmest Meteorological Fall on Record at MSP

the weather outlook into the weekend looks cooler and a little more unsettled. A fairly decent storm system blows into town with wind-whipped flakes expected on Sunday. Plowable snow will stay across the far northern part of the state once again. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
November 30

What December? Slushy Possibilities by Sunday

A rain shower early today gives way to 50 degrees, but clippers dropping slushy coatings on northern Minnesota will drag increasingly cold air south. Models hint at a few inches Saturday night into Sunday; maybe plowable north of MSP? Yes, it's about time. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
November 28

Outlook: Fickle Winters In A Warming World

winter is getting off to a late start. A potential weekend snow event has evaporated, but colder air arrives next week, and a few inches of snow may fall north of MSP Tuesday, with coat-worthy weather most of next week. It'll be chilly, but not polar. Meanwhile expect 4 days 40s this week; a clipper sparks few RAIN showers on Wednesday, December 1. Huh? Where am I living again?? Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
November 27
Sunny And Near Average Sunday - Above Average Highs Return To End November

Sunny And Near Average Sunday - Above Average Highs Return To End November

No weather concerns across the state if you're heading back home during daylight hours on Sunday, though a few rain or snow showers will start to work into western Minnesota during the evening. Highs will be in the 30s Sunday but return to the 40s for much of the work week. Click for more - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
November 26
Some Light Precipitation Possible Saturday Morning, Otherwise Dry And Windy

Some Light Precipitation Possible Saturday Morning, Otherwise Dry And Windy

We're tracking the potential for some light rain or snow across portions of northern and central Minnesota Saturday morning, otherwise we'll see a dry day in the Twin Cities with mostly sunny skies and breezy conditions by the afternoon hours. Click for more. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
November 25

Saturday Clipper - More 40s Next Week

A Saturday clipper drops a couple inches of snow on Duluth, but I don't see any big storm potential until (possibly) the second week of December. Weekend highs top freezing, with 4 days in the 40s next week as a Pacific breeze wafts moderate air well inland. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
November 24
Cold, Sunny Thanksgiving - Wintry Mix Saturday

Cold, Sunny Thanksgiving - Wintry Mix Saturday

One thing I'm thankful for this Thanksgiving is a quiet holiday weatherwise. Thursday will be the coldest so far this season with highs stuck in the 20s, feeling like the teens with a stiff northwest breeze - a good day to stay inside and eat some turkey and mashed potatoes. Conditions remain fairly quiet through the holiday weekend with a light mix possible Saturday. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
November 23

Winds Next 2 Weeks: More Pacific Than Arctic

Storms will be in short supply until further notice, but a weak clipper may slush up a few lawns late Saturday. Sunday should be the better travel day. Winters are trending shorter, but I'm holding out hope for a white Christmas this year. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
November 22

Shooting for 50 on Tuesday with breeze returning

Good news for holiday travelers this week and weekend ahead.
Paul Douglas
November 21
Chilly Monday - Windy November So Far

Chilly Monday - Windy November So Far

We get another little bit of a break in the wind Monday before a precipitation-starved system rolls in for Tuesday and Wednesday, kicking winds up a notch once again and helping to keep us on a temperatures roller coaster. Thanksgiving looks dry but cool. Click for more details. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
November 20
Snow Mainly Across Northern Minnesota Early Sunday - Rollercoaster Temperatures Continue

Snow Mainly Across Northern Minnesota Early Sunday - Rollercoaster Temperatures Continue

As a cold front moves through, we'll watch the chance of snow showers Saturday night into Sunday mainly across northern Minnesota. However, flurries will be possible across southern Minnesota during the morning as well. Temperatures continue to have an adventure - 30s through Monday, then 40s Tuesday and Wednesday. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
November 19
40s, Cloudy, But Less Breezy Saturday - A Few Snow Showers Possible Sunday With Cooler Highs

40s, Cloudy, But Less Breezy Saturday - A Few Snow Showers Possible Sunday With Cooler Highs

Cloudy skies remain around as we head into the weekend, but the breezy weather will die down for a day Saturday with highs climbing into the 40s. We're on a bit of a rollercoaster with temperatures dipping back into the 30s Sunday and maybe not making it out of the 20s Monday. Click for more details. - D.J. Kayser
Weather
November 16

Strong Winds Continue Today. Light Snow By Sunday?

Strong winds will impact much of the state today with frequent gusts up to 30 to 40mph. It'll still be breezy on Thursday, but will be lighter by Friday. I don't see any rain or snow chances until possibly late weekend as another storm system passes along the International Border. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Weather
November 13

Sunday Slush Gives Way to 50s Tuesday

Saturday night's clipper dropped the most snow north of I-94, just enough to cover up all those un-raked leaves. Flurries taper today, but a light dusting is possible late tomorrow as milder, Pacific air approaches. Get any snow angels out of your system today, because any slush will melt Tuesday with highs in the 50s.