* Another 1 to 1.5" of snow today, totals from this long-lasting light snow event in the 2-3" range for most towns and suburbs.
* Good travel conditions Wednesday and most of Thursday.
* Another inch of snow possible from a Friday clipper, paving the way for much colder weather by the weekend.
* Highs may not climb above zero Sunday and next Monday, even in the metro area. Lows in the -8 to -15 range possible.
* Arctic cold wave will be relatively brief - long range guidance hinting at a significant thaw for Minnesota after January 24, the last week of January may bring a streak of 30s, even a 40-degree high. It may even be warm enough for rain.
A Breath of Fresh (Pacific) Air? Here is an "ensemble" forecast looking out a whopping 360 hours, showing 500 mb winds (about 18,000 feet above the ground). Think of an ensemble forecast as an average of multiple models. The forecast for Monday evening, January 24, shows winds blowing from Vancouver and Seattle (instead of the Yukon), with Arctic air retreating well northward into Canada. Brutally cold air has been prevalent over the lower 48 states since the second week of December - it's exceedingly rare to go an entire winter with bitter cold east of the Rockies. A thaw in late January makes sense, historically and climatologically. Again, I'm hopeful, but I want to see if this is a true trend, or a computational hiccup/fluke.
The Ultimate Laptop For Multitaskers? Geek Alert: Engadget has a write-up (and video) highlighting the new Acer Iconia, complete with 2 screens. This thing is a beast! "Acer's dual-screen Iconia laptop is bold, for sure -- eschewing a physical keyboard for another display -- but its LCD panels are also mighty glossy. If you've got a light in the vicinity above you, there's gonna be glare -- we saw it on stage, and we just saw it now in person. That said, the screen is clear and the touch functionality is pretty clever (five fingers open up a widget where you can scroll through other touch-friendly apps)." A second verdict from CNET here.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
TUESDAY NIGHT: Flurries wind down - improving travel conditions. Low: 9