34 F. average high on March 1.
8 F. high on March 1, 2014, after waking up to -7.
Trace of snow on the ground at KMSP.
March 1, 1913: A record low of 24 degrees below zero is set at the St. Cloud Regional Airport.
Call out the National Guard, alert FEMA and pray for a last-minute reprieve. I've performed last rites on my Doppler - if you leave NOW you may get to work on time (tomorrow). As odd as it is to see this in print, there's a good chance of a "plowable snow event" tomorrow, with enough blowing and drifting to make for a tricky day of travel. NOAA has issued a Blizzard Watch just west of MSP for tomorrow; details below.
Tuesday's system moves quickly, keeping total amounts down, but a quick 2 to 4 inches of snow may fall during the morning and midday, whipped along by 30 mph winds by afternoon as much colder air comes charging south of the border. I'll be hiding in my weather bunker, watching a stain of dark red spread on my Google traffic maps. Good luck out there.
If it does snow I suggest you roll around in it, photograph it, memorize the way it looks, feels and smells - because odds are any snow won't stick around for long.
Models are unanimous in bringing a surge of mild, Pacific air into Minnesota next week with a streak of 40s. I could even see a few 50-degree highs with spurts of rain by mid-March.
Is tomorrow the last spasm of snow? No, but the atmosphere is about to shift gears, fast-forwarding us into an almost springy pattern by next week.
Not exactly a towering "Tournament Storm" but it'll have to do.
BLIZZARD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SIOUX FALLS HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON. * TIMING...WORST CONDITIONS FROM EARLY TUESDAY THROUGH MID AFTERNOON TUESDAY. * ACCUMULATIONS...2 TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW POSSIBLE. * WIND AND VISIBILITY...NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS OF 30 TO 45 MPH WILL BE COMMON...WITH SOME GUSTS AROUND 50 MPH POSSIBLE. IF THESE WINDS MATERIALIZE COUPLED WITH FALLING SNOW...VISIBILITY REDUCTIONS OF LESS THAN A QUARTER MILE COULD OCCUR. AFTER THE SNOW ENDS...THE VISIBILITY WILL GREATLY INCREASE. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A BLIZZARD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FALLING AND/OR BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS AND EXTREMELY POOR VISIBILITIES. THIS CAN LEAD TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AND MAKE TRAVEL VERY DANGEROUS.
Another Shot. Tuesday's snow falls in advance of another surge of bitter air, but this time it won't stay nanook for long. Wednesday will take your breath away (wind chills in the -20 to -30F range) and we wake up to a very subzero morning Thursday. And then the warming begins. 2-meter temperature prediction: NOAA NAM and Ham Weather.
TODAY: Early sun, then clouds increase. Winds: S 10. High: 28
MONDAY NIGHT: Cloudy with snow developing late. Low: 22
TUESDAY: Blizzard Watch west of MSP. 2-4" snow possible. Blowing & drifting likely with potentially treacherous travel. High: 28
WEDNESDAY: Last subzero slap? Feels like - 25. Wake-up: -2. High: 8
THURSDAY: Cold start. Partly sunny and breezy. Wake-up: -8. High: 18
FRIDAY: Sunny peeks, risk of a thaw. Wake-up: 14. High: 38
SATURDAY: Blue sky, quiet pleasant. Wake-up: 21. High: 35
SUNDAY: Drippy icicles. Feels like March! Wake-up: 18. High: 43
* Thanks to Media Logic meteorologist Todd Nelson, who snapped the photo above near Two Harbors on Saturday.