31 F. average high on December 3.
55 F. high on December 3, 2012.
.08" rain fell at MSP International yesterday as of 7 PM.
Trace of snow reported.
Winter Storm Warning posted north metro.
Winter Weather Advisory southern suburbs.
The Polar Plunge
Minnesota is about to get its cold weather boasting rights back. Winters have been trending wimpier over time - but every now and then we get whacked. Prepare for a significant whacking.
Then again this is the price we pay for living in paradise. California gets earthquakes - hurricanes torment the Gulf and East Coast - tornadoes terrorize the Great Plains. At least Siberian air leaves our homes intact and upright, it's shivering inhabitants suddenly counting the days until spring. An inconvenience, but no need to call out the National Guard.
Why is MSP always on the EDGE of big snows? An icy mix triggered by a thin layer of above-freezing air aloft may keep snowfall amounts down - but a plowable accumulation of 1-3 inches is still possible; much more north of the metro. This will be a snowmobile-worthy snowfall up north; up to 2 feet for the North Shore of Lake Superior.
Today's burst of ice & snow marks the leading edge of frigid air. The next week will bring 5 subzero nights, in fact daytime highs may hold below zero Saturday, again Tuesday of next week. A few more inches of snow may fall late Sunday into Monday.
Before you consider moving in with Uncle Earl in Naples, long-range guidance shows 20s (above zero!) later next week.
Map credit: Marchex.
TODAY: Winter Storm Warning north metro, Advisories south metro. Ice to snow. 2-4" snow, best chance of 3-4" north metro. Very slow travel in the metro, treacherous travel over much of central and northern Minnesota. Winds: NW 10-15. High: 32 (falling)
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Flurries taper with some blowing/drifting, especially outside the metro. Low: 8
THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy and windy. Feels like -10. High: 9
FRIDAY: Some sun, bitter. Chill factor: -20. Wake-up: -8. High: 2
SATURDAY: Free Yukon vacation. Bright sun, less wind. Wake-up: -13. High: -1
SUNDAY: Clouds increase. Plowable snow late PM? Wake-up: -9. High: 16
MONDAY: Mostly cloudy - reinforcing shot of numbing air. Wake-up: 4. High: 6 (falling during the day).
TUESDAY: Record cold? Character-building. Wake-up: -18. High: -3
* Teens and 20s (above zero) may return the latter half of next week. Deep breaths.
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