-1 F. daytime high on Sunday.
24 F. average high on January 4.
35 F. high on January 4, 2013.
January 4, 1984: Warm-up across Minnesota. Twin Cities reaches 43.
Frozen. The Sequel
Yes this is a Disney epic gone bad. I'd belt out a hopeful tune, an off-key ballad of how meteorological spring is just 55 days away, but my larynx is partially frostbitten.
We're all huddled in our frozen foxholes, but consider this: the Minneapolis Boat Show is just over 2 weeks away and parkas are 40 percent off at Macy's!
You'll need extra layers this week, probably the coldest of the winter. Winds ease today but the next, reinforcing flush of frigid air whips up an inch or two of Minnesota Powder tonight; heavier amounts south of MSP.
Arctic winds howl Tuesday with the mercury bottoming out Wednesday morning around -10 to -15F, with a wind chill of -35F. A few schools may close. Models show lesser cold fronts spilling south of the border Friday, again Sunday - but a warming trend is likely late next week.
What a waste of perfectly good cold air. Our biggest snowstorms tend to come immediately after major Arctic outbreaks, as southern storms push moisture up and over a cold dome. Not this time. A mild, zonal, west to east jet stream flow returns in 1-2 weeks as battery-draining air lifts north.
Minnesota. Come for the culture. Stay because your car won't start.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON MONDAY TO MIDNIGHT CST MONDAY NIGHT. THE WIND CHILL ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CST MONDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. FOR THE WIND CHILL ADVISORY... * WIND CHILL VALUES: 25 BELOW TO 30 BELOW ZERO. * TIMING: NOW THROUGH MONDAY MORNING. FOR THE WINTER STORM WARNING... * IMPACTS: DIFFICULT TRAVEL WITH SNOW COVERED ROADS * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: AROUND 6 INCHES * TIMING: THE SNOW WILL BEGIN MID AFTERNOON MONDAY AND QUICKLY BECOME HEAVY BEFORE TAPERING OFF LATE MONDAY EVENING. SNOWFALL RATES OF 1-2 INCHES PER HOUR ARE POSSIBLE.
Coldest Week of Winter? Could something colder come along in late January, even the first week of February? Absolutely. But I suspect this week will have the most cumulative hours below zero of any week this winter, a winter moderated (slightly) by a brewing El Nino. I think we'll be back in the 20s, possibly near freezing the latter half of next week.
Photo credit above: "In this photo taken on Dec. 18, 2014, Terry and Dan Goodwin, from left to right, cross-country ski as a snow-making machine churns snow at the city's largest park in Anchorage, Alaska. A spate of weird weather lingers in Anchorage, which is almost 2 feet behind typical snowfall totals for December." (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen).
TODAY: Sunny start. Clouds increase by afternoon. Winds: SW 10. High: 3
MONDAY NIGHT: Light snow, an inch or two possible, more south of the Twin Cities. Low: -5
TUESDAY: Sunny peeks, character-building. Feels like -20 to -25. High: 8
WEDNESDAY: Coldest day in sight. Feels like -35. Sunny. Wake-up: -14. High: -3
THURSDAY: Another clipper. Snow or flurries. Wake-up: -9. High: 16
FRIDAY: Partly sunny, a bit chilly. Wake-up: -7. High: 5
SATURDAY: Period of light snow. Wake-up: 2. High: 13
SUNDAY: Some sun, still below average. Wake-up: -3. High: 10
My great, great, grandchildren ask me in dreams
What did you do, while the planet was plundered?
What did you do, when the earth was unraveling?
Surely you did something when the seasons started failing as the mammals, reptiles and birds were all dying?
Did you fill the streets with protest when democracy was stolen?
What did you do once you knew?
1. Raising Awareness to the vast challenges we face
2. Coming to Our Senses
3. Creating a Sense of Urgency to galvanize people into positive activism..."