Warmest in 36 days! Weekend snow & bigger thaw ahead?
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.
Widespread 30s thawed Minnesota Friday
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.