We are now halfway through winter, but snowfall totals and cold conditions barely compare to the Twin Cities' brutal winter of 2014. The 9.9 inches of snow so far this winter pales in comparison to last year's 26.2 inch total.
About 19 inches is normal by this time in winter.
Periodic snow showers and slightly above normal temperatures will define our week leading up the race day Saturday. These intermittent snow events will be light and provide the River Bottoms with just a fresh coating from time to time. No significant snow accumulation in the foreseeable future.
The diagram above dissects the past and future snow conditions. With the recent warmer weather we have seen a decrease in snow depth. The chance of snow is higher this week, but the snow will likely be of a higher liquid content. This could result in a good base to pack if temps can stay below freezing...
And that's the kicker, temperatures during the day teeter around freezing. I am most concerned with Friday's temperatures in the mid 30's. Lower tire pressure likely be needed for this weekend's race!
9AM: Mostly cloudy. 28° Wind: NW 11
10AM: Light breeze, steady temps. 29° Wind: NW 11
11AM: Partly cloudy. 29° Wind: NW 9
Noon: Light snow/flurries developing late Saturday evening. 31° Wind: WNW 7
Take Home Message: A few opportunities for snow this week. Temperatures hover near freezing this week. Snow will be soft and challenging on Saturday, lower tire pressure will be desired.