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Warmer temperatures and a slushier snowpack finally show their faces the end of this weekend as above freezing temperatures finally find their way to the Upper Midwest.
Not much to write about for the weekend with the exception of a few lingering snow and sleet shower tonight across Northern Wisconsin and the UP of Michigan.
This cold front will give way to slightly cooler temperatures over clear skies tomorrow, before the warm up truly begins on Sunday.
Come Sunday, most of the area will see temperatures above the freezing mark, with areas in Southern Minnesota and Central Wisconsin touching the 40s. These temperatures will be even slightly higher on Monday ahead of another storm system forecasted to brush through the area on Tuesday night and Wednesday.
Forecasted high temperatures for Sunday and Monday. Credit: NOAA
Regardless, there looks to be plenty of sun and very little snow in the forecast for at least the next 7 days.
Enjoy the warmer weekend!
Our week of active weather continues with another chance for snow flurries Thursday evening and into Friday evening. Southern Minnesota also woke up to a bit of a surprise this morning!
First, the surprise. A band of snow associated with the storm moving across the Upper Midwest happened to settle in about a 20 mile by 200 mile band across southern Minnesota. There was the right mix of frontogenesis (the strengthening of a front) and moisture that produced 10+” of snow around Albert Lea. Otherwise, most other areas came in a bit above forecasted with totals in the 3-5” range overnight. Still not bad for a storm that looked to only bring a few inches.
48-hour snowfall totals through 11am today. Credit: NOAA
As for today, as everyone is probably noticing it’s warming up… finally!
Does that mean winter is over? Not quite, it’s actually that we are looking to have more of a “normal winter” at least for the next week. Right now there should be a few more smaller storm systems that will move through the area over the coming week, with the next one forecasted for Thursday evening into Friday.
This storm system looks to be very similar to the one yesterday, but with the higher amounts along the northern Minnesota border instead of the southern border. Highest amounts should be in the 2-4” range, while most other areas will see between a dusting and 1”.
Model snowfall forecast now through Friday. Credit: WeatherBell
Looking ahead into the weekend, we look to get another storm system and blast of cold air on Saturday across the region. The models are continuing to be all over the place in the medium to long term, so once again very few details on how the system will play out, but it looks to have little to no moisture, so not thinking accumulations will be too significant.
Saturday departures from normal. Still staying cold. Credit: WeatherBell
As for next week, the models are hinting that we could see temperatures actually creep above normal on Sunday and Monday. We might actually have our first above freezing low temperatures as well, so the snowpack will start to decrease for the first time in months.
Happy Hump Day!
We get a reprieve from the sun and cold as the arctic high breaks down and allows a more progressive weather pattern to move into the Upper Midwest. This means more clouds, slightly warmer temperatures, and some more snow in the forecast for this upcoming week.
First off, a quick apology for the short and terse post on Friday, we coming down in the flu, and looking at weather models was not the best medicine.
After a very cold weekend, we start off this week with about the same today. However, for areas north of I-94 (aka most of the Upper Midwest), snow is headed our way for this afternoon and evening. Amounts should not be too great, due to a lack of large scale dynamics and how quick it moves through.
Forecast model snow amounts (which I think are low) through Wednesday morning. Credit: WeatherBell
Right now it’s looking like most areas will start seeing snowfall around the later afternoon as it moves in from west to east. The snow showers should last around 2-4 hours before tapering off overnight, with most places will see accumulations in the 1-2” range.
Come Tuesday, the skies should clear out, but this time with temperatures around the area breaking the 10 degree mark for the first time in days. This will be just the precursor to the modified air being brought in as the arctic high shift away.
As mentioned last week, there looked to be a more major system forecasted for the Wednesday/Thursday timeframe, but the models were all over the place with timing and strength. Even into this week, that still holds true.
Flow for Wednesday afternoon showing warmer temperatures and the incoming storm. Credit: WeatherBell
Right now it’s split between the European model, which weakens it to nothing more than snow flurries, and the American model which bring it through rather quickly, but with a lot of energy. Regardless, it looks like we could have another chance of snow later in the day on Wednesday and into Thursday, but still very unsure of specifics. It’s going to be one of those wait and see storms.
And finally, the news many of you didn’t want to hear. The well below temperatures begin to rear their head again headed into the end of next weekend.
Enjoy your week!
Some light snow south this morning snow showers should continue today and tomorrow across most of the Upper Midwest with very little accumulation. However, March looks to start off well below normal with temperatures still barely breaking the 0 degree mark.
The first round of snow moved through southern Minnesota and central Wisconsin this morning, bringing less than a half inch to most areas. This light snow will continue throughout the day today, with amounts throughout the weekend staying around the 1” areas north of I-94 and 2-3” for areas south of it.
Model snowfall accumulations for the weekend. Credit: WeatherBell
Snowfall should taper off Saturday evening, leading to a clear and very cold day on Sunday. Once again we will see highs struggle to reach into positive figures and lows. Speaking of record lows, International Falls, Minnesota is just a single day away from breaking the record of days below zero set back in 1977-1978 of 70 days.
Looking ahead into next week, Monday and Tuesday look very much the same as Sunday with extremely cold temperatures and mostly clear skies.
As for snow, it looks like our best chance for decent accumulation looks to be next Wednesday. Right now the models are a bit all over the place with timing and the exact location, but fingers crossed that it will bring slightly warmer temperatures and snow.
Enjoy the weekend!
This post is going to brief: It’s going to be cold, very cold, for at least the next week. With maybe a chance for lake effect snow flurries the next few days, but not much.
Right now with an arctic cold front dropping through, temperatures are probably at the highest point right now than we are going to see at least for the next 48-72 hours. This arctic cold front will bring blizzard conditions to southern and central Minnesota and Wisconsin, along with the UP of Michigan.
Departure from normal temperatures for tomorrow morning! Credit: WeatherBell
Many areas will see sustained wind gusts in the 20-30mph range through Thursday midday, with gusts sometimes peaking into the 50mph range. This, combined with the frigid cold air moving southward, will keep wind chills around the clock in the -20 to -30 range.
I am beginning to sound like a broken record.
As for a little bit of snowfall, even with Lake Superior almost completely frozen over, there is still a chance for some lake effect snow (or just snow blown off the lake) to occur over the next few days along the South Shore and UP, but nothing over maybe an inch or two.
Model snowfall forecast through Friday morning. Credit: WeatherBell
We may see a slight reprieve from the horrendously cold temperatures on Friday afternoon and into Saturday as a storm system brushes by the Upper Midwest. Right now, it looks that any snow accumulation would be light, but it would bring cloud cover and temperatures back into the upper single digits possibly.
Departure from normal temperatures for NEXT Wednesday. Look familiar? Credit: WeatherBell
Besides that, looking 7 days ahead into next week, it’s almost a carbon copy of where we are today. So get used to it.
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