Posted at 9:04 AM on December 1, 2007
by Craig Edwards
Mother Nature has delivered as promised! Snow will fall heavily throughout the day across much of the state. There will be a mixture of sleet and freezing rain moving north from the Iowa state line this afternoon.
If you are following the snowfall intensity on radar, you might notice some brighter returns. The yellow color on the National Weather Service Radar indicates the area of ice pellets or freezing precipitation. Just north of that band is where the heaviest snow is likely falling.
Also, when viewing the surface reports, visibilities of a half mile or less suggest snow is accumulating at the rate of an inch an hour.
Hourly weather observations
Check out Paul Huttner's previous blog on the predicted snow amounts.
Posted at 1:48 PM on December 1, 2007
by Paul Huttner
Some interesting trends this afternoon with our first big winter storm of the season.
Good snow now across most of Minnesota, stretching all the way from the Canadian border to south of the metro, where it changes to sleet and freezing rain. 3 inches of SLEET has fallen at Albert Lea, and freezing rain has been coming down for the past two hours at Rochester. Roads are no doubt icy along the I-90 corridor and in much of southern Minnesota. They will stay that way thorugh this evening at least.
At 2pm Deephaven in the West Metro has 3.3" on the ground, and Eden Prairie has 3.6". Check the latest snow totals from NWS below.
At 2pm moderate snow is falling in the metro with visibilities of between 1/2 and 1/4 mile at times. There will be little lulls and bursts in snowfall intensity as is common in winter storms. At these visibilities, snowfall rates in the metro should be between 1/2 and 1 inch per hour through 5pm tonight.
There is a little wedge of drier air punching into west central MN. This has shut off the snow in places like Marshall and Redwood Falls west of the metro. As this drier punch move in this evening, we may see the snow let up between 5 and 7pm.
Overall I' think we're still on track with 5" to isolated 10" totals in most of the metro. The heaviest totals may be in the south and east metro. There is already 3" down in much of the metro at 2pm, so if we can hold the snow through 7pm at least we should end up there.
If you have snow totals please send them along to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let it snow!
Posted at 6:10 PM on December 1, 2007
by Paul Huttner
Next wave of snow mixing with sleet as it moves through metro this evening.
Should see another 1" to 3" tonight, bringing storms total snow in the metro into the 5" to 8" range, with isolated higher amounts possible.
Check below for snow total summaries from Twin Cities NWS which are updated as reports come in.
Skiiers and snowboarders will delight at conditions on the slopes this weekend.
Enjoy the snow!