Get ready for some major ups and downs on your thermometer in the next week. There are indications that after our balmy thaw early next week, another bitterly cold Polar Vortex may take a swipe at the Upper Midwest.
Our first Alberta Clipper of 2014 came in pretty much as scheduled today. Snowfall totals coming into the Twin Cities and other the National Weather Service offices confirm a wide area of 1.5″ to 3.5″ snowfall totals. Here's a quick look at some selected snowfall totals.
There are many benefits from increased ice cover on the Great Lakes. One benefit is that more ice cover means less evaporation and that can help sustain lake levels.
There is a very good chance we'll see a much earlier spring than last year.
The core of the coldest air will pass over Minnesota Monday. Wind chill warnings are in effect until noon Tuesday. Wind chills will range from -40 to -65. In the inner metro urban core, air temps will range from -20 to -27 Monday and Tuesday morning.
The strongest arctic front in nearly a decade descends on Minnesota this weekend. Sunday through Tuesday will probably be the coldest three days of winter in Minnesota.
If you're traveling south and east for the holidays, you will likely have a snowy journey.
Snow should break out in western Minnesota Thursday morning, and spread east toward St. Cloud and the Twin Cities about or after lunchtime into Thursday afternoon.
The good news is we may actually crack the double digits above zero within 48 hours.
One of the benefits of life in an Arctic air mass is you might see things you just don't see anywhere else.
Thanksgiving travelers in the upper Midwest will have clear sailing this holiday weekend, with one main exception.
After dumping heavy rains in Texas and the south Monday, the Thanksgiving week nor'easter makes the turn up the east coast Tuesday and Wednesday.
Thursday may be the day we can look back at and say wintery weather really started in Minnesota. A minor clipper with a coating of two inches of snow would barely get our attention in February. It's a minor news event in Minnesota in November.
Weather maps change pretty fast in November. Snow has a way of sneaking up when you least expect it.
Tuesday's storm delivered heavy wet snow. With temperatures just below freezing it will be a little icy underfoot Wednesday morning.