Complaining About The Weather Is A Hobby

Here comes a Minnesota warm front: 20s over the weekend with low 30s by Monday. A big snow and ice storm should track (just) south of Minnesota next week. Sorry snow lovers. Looking ahead I see fewer subzero nights and slow warming into early February. Spring is MIA, but are the coldest nights of winter behind us now? Probably. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson

A Grudging Warming Trend - Ice Storm Potential Next Week?

January 25
Well that was fun, and we're off to another (very) subzero morning. But the atmosphere is slowly shifting gears and I do see 20s and even a few 30s into early next week. Old Man Winter won't let go anytime soon, but I suspect the coldest days and nights of winter are now behind us.

Cold Enough - A few Snowy Burst On The Way

January 20
Overall, temperatures will run well below average into most of next week. Not record-territory, but chilly enough to get your attention. Waves of numbing air flowing south will spin up a series of Alberta Clippers capable of occasional bursts of accumulating powder. Timing and amounts are always tricky with clippers, but the best chance of a few inches of new snow may come late Sunday into Monday.
Paul Douglas
January 27

Arctic Slaps Linger Well Into February

Closer to home I see no impending weather drama. A few more hearty slaps of numbing air are shaping up and long range models show more subzero out breaks into mid-February. In fact the Polar Vortex may pay us another visit within 1-2 weeks. We won't be retiring our parkas anytime soon. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
January 23

My Electric Snow Blower Will Collect Dust

Old Man Winter burps a few more moderately cold airmasses south of the border this week, but overall I see signs of a slow, grudging warming in the weeks to come. By warming I mean 20s and a few 30s. No daffodils in sight. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
January 22
Sunny Start Sunday Before A Third Clipper Brings More Snow Sunday Night

Sunny Start Sunday Before A Third Clipper Brings More Snow Sunday Night

Clipper number two is moving through the region Saturday Night with another 1-4" of snow. We'll start Sunday sunny, but clouds will increase ahead of clipper three Sunday Night into Monday morning.
Paul Douglas
January 21
Bouts Of Snow Through The Weekend With Cold Temperatures

Bouts Of Snow Through The Weekend With Cold Temperatures

We are watching several rounds of light snow moving through this weekend that could bring a total of 3-6" of snow to the metro from Friday Night to Monday morning. Cold temperatures continue with highs 10-15F degrees below average. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
January 16
Cloudy Monday - Much Colder Later This Week

Cloudy Monday - Much Colder Later This Week

It'll be a quiet Monday with mainly cloudy skies (a few snowflakes possible in central Minnesota) and highs in the 20s. We'll see 30s return for one day Tuesday before highs struggle to make it above zero by Thursday.
Paul Douglas
January 15
Some Light Snow Sunday With Warmer Temperatures

Some Light Snow Sunday With Warmer Temperatures

Warmer conditions move back in Sunday through Tuesday, with a couple chances of light snow across the state on Sunday. Single digits highs are in the forecast though - when do they arrive?
Paul Douglas
January 14
After Several Inches Of Snow, Sunny And Chilly Weather Awaits For Saturday

After Several Inches Of Snow, Sunny And Chilly Weather Awaits For Saturday

A sunnier day is expected Saturday, but cooler temperatures are in store with highs across the state in the single digits and teens. Warmer weather returns heading into Sunday with another snow chance. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
January 13

Paul Douglas: Plowable potential today; heaviest snow falls west of MSP

This may be the last significant snowfall for some time, based on the latest model guidance. The farther southwest and west you travel away from the Twin Cities today the heavier the snowfall totals will be. Probably plowable in the metro (especially west metro) with lesser amounts east of St. Paul. Enough to gum up travel a little, but in the cosmic scope of things not a huge deal for the immediate metro.
Paul Douglas
January 11

Average Number of Subzero Nights This Winter?

I'm always amazed how good 30s feel after a run of subzero nights. A well-earned thaw lingers into Thursday, and Friday's clipper-like system may drop a couple inches of snow in the metro, with plowable amounts over southwestern Minnesota. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
January 10
Warmer Temperatures Return – Snow Chance Late Week

Warmer Temperatures Return – Snow Chance Late Week

Warmer highs - generally in the 30s - are in the forecast as we head through Thursday. A clipper will bring a decent chance of at least shovelable snow somewhere across the state Friday. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
January 9

One More Cold Day, Then A Modest January Warmup

Icy winds continue today with sub-zero wind chill values finally fading midday Tuesday as air temperatures return to near normal levels. The second half of the week looks even warmer with readings flirting with the freezing mark. It'll feel like a heat wave! Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
January 8

Another Arctic Smack. Risk of a Thaw Midweek

A wind chill advisory continues through midday today for feels like temps that will dip into the -20s and -30s. The face-numbing weather will linger Monday and early Tuesday morning before a modest warm-up brings us back to average Tuesday afternoon and into the 30s during the second half of the week. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
January 7

Winters Are Still Cold, But Not As Cold As They Once Were

According to Climate Central, our winter cold snaps are not as intense or as prolonged as they used to be. In fact, our average winter temperatures has warmed nearly +6F with the our coldest overnight lows warming nearly +12F since 1970. Yes, winters will still be cold and snowy, but maybe not as bad as they once were. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
January 6

Cold, Colder, Coldest: Swipes of Numbing Air - Mother Lode of Polar Air May Arrive in 2 Weeks

You think THIS is cold? Just give it a few weeks. If the model guidance is on the right track the coldest weather since [checks notes] last February may keep us below zero for the better part of a week, roughly between January 17-24. I hope the models are wrong.
Paul Douglas
January 2

A Few More Jabs of Brittle Air

Temperatures mellow into Tuesday, when a paranoid puff of Pacific air lures the mercury to near 32F. Icicles may even drip for a few hours. A couple inches of snow Wednesday marks the leading edge of the next Saskatchewan Smack. Temperatures hover below zero Thursday and much of Friday before a merciful rerun of 20s on Saturday. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
January 1
Dangerous Wind Chills Continue But Sunday Will Be Slightly Warmer

Dangerous Wind Chills Continue But Sunday Will Be Slightly Warmer

Wind Chill Advisories and Warnings remain in place through Sunday morning across most of the state, and morning lows in the Twin Cities will be even colder than Saturday morning. However, we will climb above zero for highs on Sunday, and then into the 20s and 30s to begin the first work week of 2022. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
December 31, 2021
2022 Starts On A Bitterly Cold Note, But 20s Return Monday!

2022 Starts On A Bitterly Cold Note, But 20s Return Monday!

If you are venturing out for the first day of the new year... you'll want a parka (or maybe two)! Highs won't make it above zero Saturday, and it'll feel more like -20F during the Winter Classic. 20s return early in the week, but how long will they last? - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
December 30, 2021
Light Snow Across Central Minnesota Friday - Cold To End 2021 And Begin 2022

Light Snow Across Central Minnesota Friday - Cold To End 2021 And Begin 2022

We'll be tracking a band of snow across central Minnesota on Friday as cold air starts to rush in to bring us chillier weather for the last day of 2021. New Year's Day on Saturday will be even colder, with highs potentially below zero in the metro. Wind Chill Advisories are already in place Friday Night into Saturday morning. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
December 29, 2021
MSP Had Their First Subzero Low Wednesday, But Warmer Weather Awaits Thursday

MSP Had Their First Subzero Low Wednesday, But Warmer Weather Awaits Thursday

While MSP finally saw a below zero low as we went through Wednesday morning, warmer weather awaits us Thursday - but just for one day. How cold is the weather expected to be to ring in 2022 - and for the Winter Classic Saturday evening? - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
December 28, 2021

Sometimes It's Best To Go With Your Gut

After a couple of snowy encounters we enter a quieter (colder) pattern, with temperatures bottoming out this weekend. I'm not convinced temperatures will rise above 0F on New Year's Day, even in the metro, in spite of the "urban heat island". A Saturday snowstorm buries Iowa and southern Wisconsin under 10-20" snow, but our next chance of significant accumulation doesn't come for another 8 days. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson