Winter Weather Advisory From 9 AM Tuesday To 6 AM Wednesday
Looks like Mother Nature has one more round of snow in the cards before the end of 2020. This snow will move in during the day on Tuesday from southwest to northeast, with snow expected to start in the Twin Cities around 1-3 PM. Snow will continue to move through during the overnight hours, ending before the morning commute Wednesday in the Twin Cities but lingering in northern Minnesota during the morning hours Wednesday. (Forecast loop: precipitation between 6 AM Tuesday and Noon Wednesday. Credit: WeatherBell).
Overall this looks to bring about 3-5" of snow to most of central and southern Minnesota, with the forecast as of Monday evening showing about 3-4" across the metro. The heaviest amounts will be to our south and southeast across portions of Iowa and Wisconsin, where some 6-9" totals will be possible.
Due to the snow threat Tuesday into Wednesday, most of the state is under a Winter Weather Advisory. In the metro, it is in place from 9 AM Tuesday through 6 AM Wednesday.
Looking Toward 2021
Well, 2020 is almost over - finally. Unfortunately, the problems of the world don't just magically disappear as we flip the calendar... but let's ignore that for the moment. As we wake up in 2021 on Friday, temperatures will be in the single digits across much of the state. Highs will climb into the teens and 20s across Minnesota Friday with quiet and partly sunny skies.
The Fine Unsettling Art of Driving on Snow
By Paul Douglas
The forecast calls for 3-5 inches of powdery snow later today and most Minnesotans will shrug. "Flurries" according to old timers. A similar forecast for Atlanta or Dallas might activate The National Guard. Here it's a collective sigh - or cheers if you're a snow lover.
Driving on snow is an acquired skill: more like surfing or snowboarding on 4 wheels. You learn to treat the accelerator and brakes like eggshells. "It's all about the gentle tap" my father advised 16-year old me, driving a stick shift VW bug. You're heard this a zillion times, but keep your lights on, as much to BE SEEN as to see.
Unlike last week's snowy maelstrom, snow later today will not be accompanied by tropical storm force winds. I expect 3-5 inches before tapering Wednesday morning; plowable, but without big drifts, easier to get off the roads.
This may be the last significant snow event for some time. Models show a dull pattern, with a January Thaw next week - right on schedule. Enjoy some perfect powder while you can.
Paul's Extended Twin Cities Forecast
TUESDAY: 3-5" of PM snow. Wake up -1. High 23. Chance of precipitation 100%. Wind SE 10-15 mph.
WEDNESDAY: Slippery start. Flurries taper. Wake up 20. High 25. Chance of precipitation 60%. Wind NW 10-20 mph.
THURSDAY: Partly sunny, easier driving. Wake up 15. High 23. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind S 10-20 mph.
FRIDAY: Blue sky, go play in the snow. Wake up 8. High 23. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind N 8-13 mph.
SATURDAY: Plenty of sunshine, light winds. Wake up 9. High 25. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind W 5-10 mph.
SUNDAY: Some sun, a milder breeze kicks in. Wake up 14. High 30. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind SW 8-13 mph.
MONDAY: Patchy clouds, risk of a thaw. Wake up 20. High 34. Chance of precipitation 20%. Wind W 8-13 mph.
This Day in Weather History
1999: Minneapolis soars to a high temperature of 53 degrees.
Average Temperatures & Precipitation for Minneapolis
Average High: 24F (Record: 53F set in 1999)
Average Low: 9F (Record: -24F set in 1917)
Average Precipitation: 0.03" (Record: 0.80" set in 1972)
Average Snowfall: 0.4" (Record: 4.4" in 1889)
Record Snow Depth: 20" in 1968
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
Sunrise: 7:51 AM
Sunset: 4:40 PM
*Length Of Day: 8 hours, 48 minutes and 59 seconds
*Daylight GAINED Since Yesterday: ~0 minutes and 37 seconds
*When Do We Climb To 9 Hours Of Daylight? January 9th (9 hours, 0 minutes, and 51 seconds)
*When Is The Latest Sunrise?: December 29th-January 5th (7:51 AM)
*When Is Sunset At/After 5 PM? January 17th (5:00 PM)
Twin Cities And Minnesota Weather Outlook
While conditions will start quiet Tuesday morning with lows around zero, snow chances will increase throughout the day - particularly mid-afternoon onward. Highs will climb into the low 20s on Tuesday.
We'll keep tracking that snow as it moves in on Tuesday across the state, otherwise cloudier skies are expected. Highs will be in the teens across much of central and northern Minnesota, with 20s expected in southern Minnesota.
Highs will be a few degrees below average across eastern Minnesota Tuesday, with highs up to 5F degrees above average in northwestern portions of the state. The average high for December 29th in the Twin Cities is 24F.
Highs will remain in the low 20s Wednesday before dipping behind the snow, stuck back in the teens for Thursday. We should see temperatures climb back into the low 20s for the first couple days of 2021.
National Weather Forecast
As an area of low pressure moves through the central United States Tuesday, snow, ice, and thunderstorms will be possible from the Four Corners and Southern Plains up through the upper Midwest and Great Lakes. Some snow will be possible down wind of Lake Ontario, with rain and snow in the Pacific Northwest.
Through Wednesday evening, 1-3" of rain will be possible across portions of the Southern Plains. Up to 7" of snow could fall across areas of the upper Midwest, particularly from Iowa into Wisconsin, with several inches of snow possible downwind of the Great Lakes. Several feet of snow will be possible out in the Rockies and Cascades.
Here's a closer look at the potential snow totals across the upper Midwest. Some icing will also be possible, but most areas that do see ice should see less than 0.10" accumulate.
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