Winter Storm Warning early: blowing and drifting AM hours with 30 mph wind gusts.
One of my amazing meteorology producers, D.J. Kayser, checked the models for next week, shaking his head. "At least the cold air will shut up the atmosphere." Good point. One of the few advantages of flirting with subzero weather? Cold Canadian invasions force the storm track too far south to get heavy snow. We can still get clippers; a couple inches of fluff here and there, but not the massive dumpings.
We're waking up to more school cancellations and white-knuckle commutes - what may be the biggest snow of the winter for many towns.
Snow shuts off this morning; travel conditions slowly improving as the day goes on. The sun stays out this weekend, highs stuck in the teens.
Maybe this cold surge will stop the ice dam leaking into my guest bedroom. Yes, meteorologists are impacted by the weather, too.
Long range models show an almost January-like surge of bitter air 1 week away: temperatures may have a tough time climbing above 0F next Thursday thru Saturday, March 1; the start of meteorological spring.
Pete Boulay at the Climate Office says this is the coldest winter since 1978-79; 9th coldest overall. 45 subzero nights so far in the Twin Cities. Can I interest you in a grand total closer to 55?
* as if I need to say this out loud, that's a file photo above. No, it's not that bad (yet).
We'll have to see how the rest of the month pans out! As for at or below zero lows currently the Twin Cities is at 45, a tie for the 20th most at or below zero lows or the most since the winter of 1981-82:
Temperatures 20°F below normal will likely invade the Upper Midwest on Sunday, and gradually spread southeastwards during the week. The peak cold is predicted to occur late next week, with temperatures 20 - 35° below normal covering much of the eastern 2/3 of the country. As a result of these new model runs, the natural gas market has been soaring ever since early this morning, and is now approaching a five-year high of $6.* Temperature anomalies next Thursday morning (departure from normal) courtesy of Climate Reanalyzer at the University of Maine.
File photo above: AP.
File photo: Department of Natural Resources.
TODAY: Treacherous travel early with blowing and drifting. Snow tapers; totals from 7-12". Windy & colder. Winds: NW 15-30. High: 17
FRIDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds, cold wind. Low: 1
SATURDAY: Partly sunny and brisk. High: 13
SUNDAY: Blue sky. Unhappy robins. Wake-up: -2. High: 13
MONDAY: Couple inches of snow? Slick roads. Wake-up: 2. High: 11
TUESDAY: Blue sky returns. Still numb. Wake-up: -5. High: 10
WEDNESDAY: How can it be turning colder? Wake-up: -2. High: 8
THURSDAY: January flashback. Feels like -20F. Wake-up: -11. High: -1