This could be a great outdoor winter weekend.
Get set for some rapid weather changes, and finally some milder air to get out and enjoy the wintery landscape!
A milder Pacific air mass will glide into Minnesota today. Temperatures should push well into the 30s across most of Minnesota today. In fact the (welcome?) incursion of milder air has boosted temperatures into the mid 30s all the way north into central Canada as the air has spilled over the Canadian Rockies.
A minor weather disturbance passing through Friday may bring some clouds and a few showers of snow and possible freezing rain or rain. Accumulations should be on the lighter side.
It looks like we'll enjoy milder air through the weekend, with temps in the 30s at least Friday & Saturday, and near 30 Sunday before temps nosedive again next week. Good timing for the weekend!!
Next significant snow: Saturday night & Sunday
It looks like our next decent weathermaker rolls in Saturday night. An Alberta Clipper will sail southeast toward Minnesota. Early indications are that snow could bust out in the eastern Dakotas Saturday and spread east into Duluth and the metro by Saturday evening.
It looks like most of the accumulating snow should come between about 9pm Saturday night and noon Super Bowl Sunday. Early solutions center around general 2" to 4" snowfall accumulations with the system, but more details should emerge in model runs tonight and Saturday morning.
It looks like we should prepare for another shot of snowfall Saturday night into Sunday.
Enjoy the warm up, and happy Friday!
Posted at 6:25 PM on February 4, 2011
by Paul Huttner
Filed under: Weekend
Who knew 34 degrees could feel so good?
Most of Minnesota enjoyed temperatures above freezing Friday. It was the warmest day in over a month for most of the state.
In the metro the temperature topped out at 34 degrees. That's the first day above freezing since December 30th, when we hit 42.
Weekend snow ahead:
Our next Alberta Clipper looks like it will bring some snow to Minnesota this weekend. I'm leaning more toward lighter totals in the 1" to 2" range for the metro and much of southern Minnesota Saturday night into Sunday.
Okay...maybe I'm hyping a little here. But the medium-range (3 to 10 days) forecast models are hinting at the potential for an extended thaw starting next weekend. It's early...and the GFS is notoriously fickle that far out...but there is some run to run continuity suggesting that we could see 3 to 5 days of milder weather with temperatures above freezing.
It's also possible that the first 40 degree temp of 2011 could pop up on a bank or NWS thermometer somewhere near the metro in about 10 days.
There's hope...hang in there!