Upper Midwest Daily Snow

Heavy snow coming, but only for a few


A complicated forecast for tonight into tomorrow with a narrow band of snow associated with a low cutting southwest across the region.

Right now it looks like the low sticks just far enough south that the heaviest snow will stay in a line just south of I-94 across central and southern Minnesota. While this could move 25-50 miles north or south, it looks like areas under this band will see totals in the 4-8” range, while areas outside of it will see less than 2”. While a narrow band is complicated to forecast no matter what, it is even more complicated since the Twin Cities falls directly in the area of uncertainty. However for the ski areas along the St Croix and further north, most of the precip stays to the south, and almost all areas will unfortunately see very little snow with temps staying above freezing.

Model snowfall totals through Saturday midday.

Things quiet down and warm up for Sunday before another Colorado low moves through the area on Monday and Tuesday. This low looks to pull in a lot more moisture on it’s eastward trek, but also a lot more warm air. Right now it looks like the best chance for snow will be on Sunday and Monday night when air temperatures cool enough to switch from rain over to snow, but not overly confident of this scenario. For now, it looks like it will mainly be a rain system for all areas across the region, with the occasionally slushy snowflakes mixed in.

Finally, things quiet down and warm up for next week with slightly above average temperatures in the 40s across the region and clear skies. I wouldn’t be too surprised to see some areas in central Minnesota reaching for 50 by Wednesday.

With the snowpack dwindling, and resorts closing, going to start wrapping up posting for the season probably in the next week or so. Look for seasonal summary in the coming weeks as well!