Sometimes it seems there's a big weather target painted on Minnesota. Cue our next weather maker, another strong moisture laden low pressure system spinning in from the west this weekend.
El Nino is a periodic warming of ocean waters in the tropical Pacific. It affects weather patterns worldwide. It can suppress Atlantic hurricane activity, and favors milder winter in the northern US. It also tends to produce wetter winters in California and the southwest.
Weather Whiplash. All or nothing. Flood to Flash Drought. We eased into winter last year with increasing drought across Minnesota. Then the weather switch flipped "on" again. Polar Vortex. Snowmageddon. Spring deluge. May Monsoon.
This system is likely to produce severe storms with large hail of 1″ to 2″+ in diameter and has the potential for damaging winds in stronger storms. Storms may roll into the metro late tonight, and continue on and off through Thursday.
The next 48 hours look increasingly active for showers and some strong to severe storms across Minnesota.
Weather timing is finally good this weekend. A few clouds may drift by from time to time, but you may see some stunned Minnesotans looking up at a strange bright object in the blue sky -- and smiling.
Our incoming April rainstorm is feeding waves of showers with some embedded thundershowers sweeping across Minnesota overnight into Thursday morning. Locally heavy downpours will roll through some areas overnight and just in time for Thursday's morning commute.
Snow is causing hazardous travel throughout central Minnesota. The rain-snow line is hovering in the metro area, with heavy snow west and north of the metro, and more rain south and east.
Even a late changeover to snow Thursday evening still leaves a good 12 hours of potentially heavy snow, with models cranking out snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour.
The next powerful late winter early spring storm is winding up and heading for Minnesota and the Upper Midwest Thursday into Friday. The only questions at this point seem to be exact track and precipitation types, but the model guidance on this one is leaning mostly toward snow at this point for the metro.
The crazy weather year of 2014 just got crazier. A major Mega Blizzard rages into early Tuesday from the Dakotas into the Red River Valley and northwest Minnesota. The same system has produced the first tornadoes of the year in Minnesota, in March.
Minnesota's chaotic spring weather is here. And while Thursday looked more like winter in parts of Minnesota, this weekend may actually get you to finally believe that the calendar is ready to turn to April and restore your faith in the season formerly known as spring.
More snow is expected in northern Minnesota Friday and this weekend will feel more like winter than spring. But next weekend should bring higher temperatures.
Snow and mixed precip gathers west and north overnight. A light early morning mix may brush the Twin Cities, with the main event coming Tuesday late afternoon and especially Tuesday night.
March has been unusually quiet so far, but that's about to change in a big way. Winter storm watches and warnings are flying for much of central Minnesota for Tuesday, which means we may soon see scenes again like the one above.