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

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

January 6
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.

Have a Happy (Subzero) New Year!

December 27, 2021
We'll add to that total with another 2-4" by tonight. The sun comes out Wednesday with single-digit daytime "highs". Enjoy the relative warmth, because a true arctic front is brewing for the weekend. ECMWF (European model) consistently keeps most of Minnesota below zero New Year's Day into Sunday. Wind chills may dip from -20 to -40F. Check the weather blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
6:00pm
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 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 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
Paul Douglas
December 26, 2021
Winter arrives for the last week of 2021 with snow and cold

Winter arrives for the last week of 2021 with snow and cold

Winter is finally here, with a snowstorm continuing through Sunday night and another snowy system arriving midday Tuesday. We could even see our first below zero low of the season Thursday morning. Click for more details. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
December 26, 2021

Snow to spread through region Sunday with heaviest across northern half of state

Extended snowfall potential through Monday shows some 4" to 8" tallies (or more) from North Dakota to Minnesota's North Shore. The Twin Cities appears to be in the 2" to 4" range.
Paul Douglas
December 24, 2021
Snow For Christmas Day - Heavier Snow Possible Late Sunday Into Monday

Snow For Christmas Day - Heavier Snow Possible Late Sunday Into Monday

We're tracking an active weather map as we head into the Christmas weekend, with a couple of snow chances on our map. The first one arrives Christmas Day with light amounts for the metro but 2-4" from Fargo to Lake Mille Lacs. A heavier snowfall is possible, then, late Sunday into early Monday. Click for more. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
December 23, 2021

A Vaguely White Christmas, But More Significant Snow Coming Next Week

We'll be lucky to salvage a coating to an inch of snow on Christmas morning in the metro area, but the forecast for next week looks colder and snowier, with a few inches Sunday night, again Tuesday. Parts of central and northern Minnesota may pick up very significant snow amounts next week. It will actually feel like late December next week and early January with the first real polar punch of winter arriving. Time to dig out a few more layers...
Paul Douglas
December 22, 2021
Mostly Quiet End Of Week Travel Weather - Snow Chance Christmas Day

Mostly Quiet End Of Week Travel Weather - Snow Chance Christmas Day

If your travels take you out of town the next few days, we should see generally quiet weather through Christmas Eve in the Twin Cities with the best precipitation chances as you head north. We could see a bit of snow, though, during the second half of Christmas Day. Click for more details. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
December 21, 2021

Mild Christmas Eve But Snowier Days Ahead

The pattern looks ripe for a conga-line of snowstorms (and some ice) from this weekend into early January as a dome of blistering cold over the western US provides Minnesota with consistent cold and a steady infusion of southern moisture. A little drizzle on Christmas Eve gives way to a few snowy inches Saturday, potentially plowable amounts Sunday night into Monday, with more snow late next week. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson