27 F. average high on February 7.
12 F. high on February 7, 2014, after waking up to -5 F.
1" snow on the ground at KMSP.
February 7, 1996: Showers and thunderstorms bring a mix of ice and rain across the eastern portion of Minnesota. In Edina, lightning damaged a house.
February 7, 1933: Arctic air entrenched across Minnesota with a morning low of -55 at Warroad.
All or Nothing
Truth be told weather has never been average or normal. A clumsy waltz of weather fronts greeted the first caveman peering out at an uncertain sky. Since then untold fortunes have been spent trying to engineer the vagaries of weather out of our lives. We split the atom, mapped the human genome and sent men to the moon. But we still can't disrupt a tornado or stop a snowstorm.
The third major storm in 2 weeks dumps another foot and a half of snow on Boston, on top of 43 inches since late January. What's going on? The same drive-by clippers that drop narrow carpets of blowing snow across Minnesota go on to spin up major coastal storms - Nor'easters - spewing a fire-hose of Atlantic moisture on New England, where extreme precipitation events (rain and snow) have spiked 71 percent in the last 50 years, compared to a 45 percent increase here in Minnesota.
You'll be SHOCKED! to hear that no big storms are showing up close to home. Another clipper drops a nuisance snow on Tuesday, maybe a couple inches, as temperatures start to chill. We may flirt with zero a few mornings late next week but I see nothing to rival last year's pioneer winter.
Snow would be nice but I don't yet miss the polar vortex.
* Long-duration snow event for much of New England, snowfall amounts by Monday night range from plowable to crippling.
* Winds stay below blizzard criteria, and the extended period of light to moderate snow, coupled with less blowing and drifting, should make it a little easier to remove snow from roads than last week's bonafied blizzard.
* 12-18" possible in Boston by Monday night; New York City sees rain later Sunday ending as ice and a couple inches of slushy snow Monday.
Summary: This may wind up becoming one of Boston's 3 snowiest winters on record at the rate we're going, with plowable to crippling impacts for much of New England. Conditions continue to deteriorate into Monday, and although not a blizzard, disruptions will be widespread. The greatest potential for icing and subsequent power outages will be from eastern Pennsylvania into northern New Jersey and the Tri-State area. Good luck, be careful out there.
Paul Douglas - Senior Meteorologist - Alerts Broadcaster
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TODAY: Gray, a few flakes in the air. Winds: NE 10. High: 31
SUNDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds, colder. Low: 18
MONDAY: Mix of clouds and some sun. High: 29
TUESDAY: Clipper, couple inches of snow? Wake-up: 23. High: near 30
WEDNESDAY: Flurries taper, clearing and colder. Wake-up: 20. High: 25
THURSDAY: Blue sky, yep - still winter. Wake-up: -3. High: 13
FRIDAY: Cloudy clipper, coating of snow? Wake-up: 0. High: 21
SATURDAY: Cloudy, colder front arrives late. Wake-up: 12. High: 30
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