By Todd Nelson
Ahhh... Thursday's sunshine was refreshing, wasn't it? Cloudy, more Seattle-like weather will return over the next several days as a Pacific storm barrels through the mid-section of the nation. Any morning sunshine that we see today will quickly fade as warmer air surges over colder air near the surface. The process (warm air advection) will eventually lead to a few sprinkles or light rain showers late Friday into early Saturday. There is also a growing thunder potential for folks in the southeastern corner of the state during the overnight hours on Saturday. Don't be surprised if you hear a few rumbles of thunder in the Twin Cities before the cold front blasts through early Sunday.
If your travel plans take you northwest this weekend, you may want to make a plan B. Blizzard-like weather conditions may unfold across parts of North Dakota (north of I-94) as nearly of foot of snow blankets the area. The far northwestern reaches of Minnesota could even get in on a little shoveling by then.
At this point, a shovelable snow across the heart of the Twin Cities is NOT looking likely by the 72nd anniversary of the great Armistice Day Blizzard. -Todd Nelson
Todd's CONSERVATION MN outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota (and western Wisconsin too):
FRIDAY: Turning breezy. Clouds thicken, drizzle/light rain possible late? High 51.
FRIDAY NIGHT: Cloudy and breezy with a little light rain. Low: 42.
SATURDAY: Light rain in the morning with a wintry mix lifting through northern MN. Spotty showers possible later with a growing overnight thunder potential across far southeastern MN. High 60. Low 40.
SUNDAY: Breezy and much cooler! Chance of a little wintry mix in the morning, then a few flurries possible in the afternoon, especially across far northern MN. High 39. Low 22.
MONDAY: Jacket worthy. Coldest day since early March? Lingering clouds and flurries, mainly north. Increasing sunshine late. High: 31. Low: 21.
TUESDAY: Chilly sunshine, feeling like late November. High: 37. Low: 25.
WEDNESDAY: More sun, back to average temps. High: 43. Low: 32.
THURSDAY: A little warmer. High: 48. Low: 30.
********************STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL********************
11.5″ – MONROE
13.5″ – CLINTONVILLE
12.0″ – HAMDEN
12.0″ – NORTH HAVEN
10.8″ – MERIDEN
10.0″ – WALLINGFORD
6.2″ – NEWARK AIRPORT
2.5″ – BRONX
4.7″ – CENTRAL PARK
1.1″ – NYC/LA GUARDIA
4.0″ – ISLIP AIRPORT
–Newark, N.J.: 5.7 inches (trace from 1981)
–Bridgeport, Conn.: 5.4 inches (2.0 inches from 1953)
–Worcester, Mass.: 5.2 inches (1.4 inches from 1953)
–New York City’s Central Park: 4.3 inches (0.1 of an inch from 1878)
–New York City’s John F. Kennedy Airport: 4.0 inches (first occurrence of snow on November 7)
–Hartford, Conn.: 3.4 inches (0.2 of an inch from 1953)
–Atlantic City, N.J.: 2.5 inches (2.0 inches from 1953)
–Islip, N.Y.: 1.7 inches (first occurrence of snow on November 7)
–Providence, R.I.: 1.3 inches (trace from 2010)
–New York City’s LaGuardia Airport: 1.1 inches (first occurrence of snow on November 7)
–Bangor, Maine: 0.3 of an inch (trace from 2002)