Slow and steady to shovelable levels

Here’s the latest winter weather headlines from the National Weather Service

Winter Storm Warning

…LONG LASTING ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL EXPECTED THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING…

.A TWO TO TWO AND A HALF DAY SNOWFALL EVENT…WITH SOMECOMMUNITIES EXPERIENCING SIGNIFICANT TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS…WILLIMPACT THE AREA TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING. DUE TO THELENGTHY DURATION OF THE SNOW…THIS WEATHER SYSTEM HAS THELIKELIHOOD TO PRODUCE A BROAD SWATH OF SNOWFALL TOTALS OF 5 TO 11INCHES OVER A TWO DAY PERIOD. THE LARGEST SNOWFALL TOTALS OF 8 TO11 INCHES…ARE MOST LIKELY TO OCCUR FROM NEAR ALEXANDRIA ANDMORRIS…SOUTHWARD TO LITCHFIELD AND WILLMAR…TO MANKATO…ALBERTLEA AND FAIRMONT. THE WEST SIDE OF THE TWIN CITIES METRO WILL ALSOBE IN THE PATH OF SOME OF THE HIGHER SNOW TOTALS. THE REMAINDER OFTHE AREA…INCLUDING PARTS OF SOUTHWEST AND EAST CENTRALMINNESOTA…AND WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN…WILL SEE 4 TO 7 INCHES OFSNOW.

EXPECT ACCUMULATING SNOW TO SPREAD FROM WESTERN MINNESOTA INTOCENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA TONIGHT…AND PICK UP IN INTENSITYON MONDAY AND MONDAY EVENING. SIGNIFICANT SNOW MAY NOT DEVELOPOVER PARTS OF WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN UNTIL LATE TONIGHT OR MONDAYMORNING. A STRONG UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE WILL MOVE SOUTH INTO THEDAKOTAS BY EARLY MONDAY…BEFORE SWINGING SLOWLY SOUTHEAST ACROSSIOWA AND INTO ILLINOIS ON TUESDAY. THIS SLOW MOVEMENT IS THE PRIMEREASON OF THE LONG DURATION SNOWFALL AND THE HEAVIER TOTALAMOUNTS.

NORTH WINDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH WILL DEVELOP ACROSS PARTS OF FAR WESTCENTRAL MINNESOTA TONIGHT AND MONDAY…AND THEN SPREAD SOUTHEASTACROSS THE MINNESOTA RIVER VALLEY ON TUESDAY. THE WINDS WILLLIKELY LEAD TO AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW…WHICH WOULDCAUSE TRAVEL CONDITIONS TO FURTHER DETERIORATE.

A WINTER STORM WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR A LARGE PORTION OFCENTRAL AND SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA FOR TONIGHT INTO TUESDAY.THIS INCLUDES ALEXANDRIA…LITCHFIELD…LITTLE FALLS…WILLMAR…MORRIS…THE WESTERN TWIN CITIES…AND SOUTHWARD TOMANKATO…ALBERT LEA AND FAIRMONT. THIS INCLUDES THE INTERSTATE 94CORRIDOR AND PARTS OF THE INTERSTATE 90 CORRIDOR.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR PARTS OF WEST CENTRAL ANDEAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA…INTO PARTS OF WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN.THIS INCLUDES CANBY…MADISON…ONAMIA…CAMBRIDGE…FORESTLAKE…BALSAM LAKE…NEW RICHMOND…AND DURAND.

STAY TUNED FOR LATER FORECASTS AND LIKELY EXPANSION OF WARNINGSON THIS POTENTIALLY SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM.


Updated Winter Weather Advisory Map


The latest computer runs have brought lighter amounts of precipitation into the area, but still puts the heaviest of the slowly accumulating snow just southwest of the I-94 corridor. Total accumulations from Sunday through late Tuesday will likely be around the 4″ to 6″ mark in the Twin Cities area with lighter amounts on the northeast side of town and heavier amounts on the west and southwestern side of town. Some spots on the south side of the I-94 corridor from Alexandria to Rochester could still see 6″ plus through Tuesday evening.


To reiterate, this snow will not be a quick hitting event like the one that crippled the Mid-Atlantic states over the weekend. Rather, this will be a slow and steady event, which you will likely be able to stay on top of shoveling-wise. The commutes both today and tomorrow will not be great, but plan accordingly and drive slowly and all should be good.


Todd’s Outlook for the Twin Cities


Monday: Cloudy with light snow showers likely, an additional 1″ to 3″ or so possible. High: 24

Monday Night: Light snow continues, an additional 1″ or 2″. Low: 15

Tuesday: Scattered light snow showers gradually ending, light coating possible. High: 18

Wednesday: Becoming partly cloudy. Chilly. High: 17

Thursday: Partly cloudy, slightly warmer. High: 18

Friday: Partly sunny, slight chance of light snow. High 22

Saturday: Partly cloudy, minor set back in the temperature department. High 18

Sunday: Partly cloudy and warmer. High 22

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