Clipper targets northern Minnesota with heavy snowfall
A rapidly moving storm early Tuesday brings snow and bolsters cooler temperatures in Minnesota. Then milder weather returns, which could limit the prospects of a White Christmas in southern Minnesota.
Minnesota is feeling the effects Monday morning of a cold front that swept through the state late Sunday night.
Morning temperatures range from one digit in the north to around 20 in the south, but with the cooler air flowing through the state, temperatures barely warmed up on Monday.
Highs will still only be single digits north, and southern Minnesota – where the front crossed later – will see temperatures drop slightly during the day, through adolescence in the late afternoon.
For example, the Twin Cities have already set the maximum for the day at 29 just after midnight, 25 at 9 a.m. and will likely only be in the upper teens late Monday afternoon.
Behind the front, the winds also remain blustery, with guests ranging from 15 to 20 mph. There is still some persistent light snow in central and northern Minnesota, and much of the state starts the day mostly cloudy. However, the snow is ending and the sky clears until Monday morning, with more sun in the afternoon.
A mower crosses Minnesota in the wee hours of Tuesday and is already coming out of most of Minnesota (some lingering snow in the Arrowhead) but early Tuesday afternoon.
Although it is moving quickly, it has enough moisture to dump heavier snow in north central Minnesota, where there could be isolated reports of up to 6 inches of snow.
Here is the snow forecast for Minnesota produced by the National Weather Service at 3 a.m. Newer models indicate 1 or 2 inches of additional snow possible, so the potential for Bemidji could be as high as 6 inches, up to 4 inches for Duluth, etc. .
This weather system reinforces the cool seasonal temperatures, maintaining Tuesday highs in the teens to the north and into the 20s to the south.
On Wednesday, a southerly flow returns to Minnesota, quickly pulling the state back above average with 20s north and 30s south. On Friday, almost all of Minnesota is back in the 1930s.
Here is the temperature trend of the Twin Cities through Saturday:
Despite another possible dusting of snow Wednesday night through Thursday, those temperatures along with more sunshine Wednesday and Thursday are expected to erode much of the snow in southern Minnesota.
Due to the mower’s heavier snow and slightly cooler temperatures, northern Minnesota has a much better chance of holding snow on the ground for a White Christmas Saturday.
There’s another disruption that could bring a winter mix to Minnesota from Friday to early Saturday. We’ll be watching this closely and keep you posted if it can help bring enough dust south for a White Christmas to this part of the state as well!
You can hear my weather updates live on Minnesota Public Radio at 7:49 am Monday through Friday morning.
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