By Todd Nelson
In recent years, I've come to find that Fall is really my favorite time of year. Not only does comfort food taste better, but the weather tends to move a little faster and is quite a bit more interesting.
Finally, after several weeks of thumb twiddling and wish-casting, the summer doldrums have come to an end. It is apparent that there is an end now as the shooting gallery of clipper-like systems have stumbled into our neck of the woods.
Chunks of Pacific moisture have been steadily lashing the West Coast, we have been getting the left-overs. A more substantial Pacific storm will wobble inland and head our way by the weekend. This classic Fall storm will generate hefty snow tallies from Montana to North Dakota, while the warm, more unsettled side of the storm sets up near us. There is a growing thunder potential from the Twin Cities to Dodge City, KS on Saturday afternoon.
Those in the coastal communities of the Northeast will, once again, be bracing for another strong storm today. This storm, the son of Sandy, will be nowhere as strong, but the impacts will still be that of a 'typical' Nor'Easter. Hoping they can catch their breath soon! -Todd Nelson
Todd's Conservation MN Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota (and western Wisconsin too):
WEDNESDAY: Increasing sun through the day. High 45.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Cool and quiet. Low: 32
THURSDAY: Quiet with few clouds and mild. High 52. Low 35.
FRIDAY: Turning breezy. Clouds thicken, drizzle possible late? High 50. Low 43.
SATURDAY: Growing risk of afternoon thunder. High 62. Low 38.
SUNDAY: Breezy and much cooler. A few AM flurries? High 40. Low 24.
MONDAY: Jacket worthy, more afternoon sun. High: 35. Low: 24.
TUESDAY: Felling like late November. High: 36. Low: 26
* TIMING AND MAIN IMPACT: SNOW IS EXPECTED DEVELOP OVER SOUTHWEST MONTANA WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND EXPAND NORTHWARD THROUGH THE DAY ON THURSDAY AND CONTINUE THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING. THE SNOW COULD BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: ONE TO TWO FEET IS POSSIBLE IN THE MOUNTAINS WITH 6 TO 12 INCHES ON THE PLAINS. 3 TO 6 INCHES IS POSSIBLE IN THE VALLEYS OF SOUTHWEST MONTANA.
* WINDS: NORTH WINDS 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 30 MPH ARE POSSIBLE ACROSS NORTH CENTRAL MONTANA. THESE WINDS COULD RESULT IN BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW ACROSS NORTH CENTRAL MONTANA THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING.
* VISIBILITY: LOCAL VISIBILITIES OF LESS THAN ONE HALF MILE IN HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW COULD OCCUR.
* OTHER IMPACTS: MOUNTAIN PASSES WILL QUICKLY BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY AT THE ONSET OF THE SNOWFALL. WARMER GROUND TEMPERATURES AT THE LOWER ELEVATIONS COULD LEAD TO MELTING OF THE SNOW ON ROADWAYS THURSDAY AFTERNOON… THESE ROADS COULD BECOME ICY AND SNOW COVERED AFTER SUNSET THURSDAY. THOSE WORKING OR RECREATING OUTDOORS NEED TO BE PREPARED FOR RAPIDLY CHANGING CONDITIONS.