Minnesota Climate: Winter Storm Warning Issued, Important Snow Anticipated Friday


– Nationwide Climate Service has issued a winter storm warning, which incorporates the Twin Cities metro space.
– A variety of colleges have already canceled lessons
– Snow to fall throughout Minnesota Friday.
– System will deliver plowable snow to a lot of southern Minnesota
– Warming pattern to observe.

– How far north the road of heaviest snow will attain.
– Whether or not the Twin Cities will solely see a pair inches of snow or in extra of that.
– Whether or not temperatures subsequent week may attain as excessive as 60 levels.

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A storm system churning over the Pacific Ocean is anticipated to hit Minnesota on Friday, seemingly bringing plowable snow to the southern a part of the state, together with the Twin Cities metro.

Meteorologist Riley O’Connor says that whereas knowledge remains to be coming in concerning the system, it’s anticipated to be a big snowmaker, bringing some communities in southeastern Minnesota not less than 6 inches of snow. A couple of areas within the southern a part of the state may see nearer to a foot of snow.

The Nationwide Climate Service has issued a winter storm look ahead to the realm.

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Present fashions predict the storm will transfer into southern Minnesota Friday morning round 6 a.m., with the heaviest bands of snow seemingly throughout east-central and southeastern Minnesota, together with the Minnesota River Valley, Mississippi River Valley, and the southern half of the Twin Cities metro. The snow is anticipated to fall via the night and in a single day hours, with snowfall charges as much as an inch an hour doable in some areas.

How a lot snow will the Twin Cities see? That’s a tough query to reply, because the heaviest snow bands seems to chop via the center of the metro space. Augustyniak says that, proper now, laptop mannequin steerage exhibits the metro receiving anyplace between 2 and eight inches of snow, although the most-likely final result is 2 to five inches of snow. Nonetheless, some fashions are transferring the road additional north.

Cities alongside the Mississippi River Valley will seemingly see extra snow from the system. Present fashions present the Owatonna space getting between 7 and 10 inches of snow.

Augustyniak cautions that, as a result of this storm remains to be to this point out to sea, the snowfall forecast will seemingly should be refined in coming days.

Earlier than the snow hits Minnesota Friday, there’s trigger to watch out through the morning commute Thursday.

A small storm system seems to hit the Interstate 35 hall in southern Minnesota throughout rush hour, bringing snow and maybe sleet, relying on temperatures.

“The timing on this isn’t nice,” Augustyniak mentioned. “Even a number of tenths of an inch of snow through the morning commute, which is all I’m forecasting, can slick up the roads.”

Temperatures can be delicate Thursday, with highs reaching the mid-30s. Meaning the chemical compounds on the roads will be capable to take care of any slick spots that develop forward of Friday’s snow.

A big warmup seems to be in retailer for subsequent week.

In accordance with Augustyniak, there’s a nonzero likelihood that the Twin Cities sees temperatures within the 60s subsequent Wednesday. For context, common excessive temperatures in Minneapolis for this time of yr are within the higher 20s.

“I do know it’s going to be very heat,” Augustyniak mentioned, “however I don’t know if 60s will get in right here, as a result of we’ll in all probability nonetheless have snow on the bottom.”

Both method, the forecast over the subsequent few days will give Minnesotans a purpose to look at the climate.

“It is a loopy forecast,” Augustyniak mentioned.

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