WEDNESDAY: A few flurries possible early. Clearing trend and warmer. High: 32. Winds: S 5-15mph
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and quiet. Lingering northern lights possible. Low: 23. Winds: SW 5-10mph
MONDAY: Slightly warmer, patchy clouds: Low: 12. High: 28.
TUESDAY: Nothing rough. Sun and cloud mix. Low: 20. High: 32.
As we muddle through the last full week of January 2012, I still don't see any major winter storms or bone chilling temperatures in sight. Through today's date, the MSP Airport has only seen 3 sub-zero nights, which is roughly 12 times below normal. The January scorecard continues to come up short in wintry stats as we are still nearly 16" below normal snowfall this season even after the, official, 1.9" of snow that fell at the MSP Airport on Monday.
Looking back at 2011 data, we've had above average temperatures since June! In fact, 4 out of the last 7 months made it into the top 10 warmest months in recorded history for their respective month. January 2012 hasn't spoiled the mild yet either. So far, we are nearly 7 degrees above average and I don't see any letting up in that department as the mercury flirts with the mid 30s over the next few days.
Those who snubbed their shoveling duties on Monday will get a little help from Mother Nature as a little sun help the melting process this week. Other than a few scattered flurry chances in the extended forecast, our winter outlook still looks pretty tame. In the meantime, look up for the aurora again tonight!