We've all grown accustomed to this cold. Or maybe we've all gone numb. This cold weather pattern is persistent with temperatures staying below normal through early February.
Saturday: Snow showers. Quick 1 inch in spots. H: 18 Wind: W 2-4
Saturday Night: Clearing. L: -7 Wind: NW 5-10
Sunday: Cold and sunny. H: 7 L: -1 Wind: W 5-10
Monday: Increasing clouds. H: 11 L: 1 Wind: NW 2
Tuesday: Snow showers. H: 7 L: -10 Wind: N 5-10
Wednesday: Very cold. Staying below zero. H: -1 L: -14 Wind: NW 10
Umm, yea. There's a 80%-90% chance of below normal temperatures through February 9th. Hang in there, think warm thoughts.
I had a wonderful conversation with Pam Sayler during the latest episode of 2WheelWeather Talks. She's a local cyclists and owner of Trailhead Cycling located in Champlin. We discussed the rise in popularity of the bike and what the future will bring for the cycling industry as a whole. GREAT stuff. Have a listen:
This month has cracked the top 20 list of the coldest Januaries on record. Big surprise.
Monday is the coldest day of the week by far as wind chill values reach dangerous levels. The weather for the Arrowhead 135 is sure to live up to its epicness.
While the cold eases a bit during the week, below average conditions remain the rest of this month. Think warm thoughts.
Monday: Remaining windy, gusts to 30 mph. H: -11 Wind chill as low as -40.
Monday Night: Very cold. L: -20 Wind: 10 mph Wind chill: -25
Tuesday: Sunny. H: -4 L: -9 Wind: W 5-10
Wednesday: Brief break from the cold. Light snow overnight. H: 21 L: -2 Wind: SW 10-15
Thursday: Mostly sunny. H: 5 L: -9 Wind: NW 10
Friday: Mostly cloudy. H: 10 L: 3 Wind: SW 2-4
Saturday: Sunny. H: 14 L: -3 Wind: W 5-10
Sunday: Partly sunny. H: 13 L: -1 Wind: W 2-4
January 2014 at a Glance
We've reached freezing (32°) only 7 times this month. The snowpack is healthy with nearly a foot on the ground.
Still stuck in the same ol' weather pattern. Clipper, snow, cold, repeat. Cue the broken record player!
Saturday: Sunny morning, increasing afternoon clouds. H: 9 Wind: NW 10-15
Saturday Night: Snow showers. L: 2 Wind: S 2-4
Sunday: Snow continues. Totals ~1 inch. H: 12 L: -19 Wind: NW 20
Monday: CRAZY cold. Partly sunny. H: -14 L: -22 Wind chill: -35 to -40
Tuesday: Very cold but sunny. H: -6 L: -10 Wind: WNW 15-20
Wednesday: Getting above freezing. H: 5 L: -3 Wind: NW 5-10
Geeze, that nearly 40 degree high on Sunday was nice while it lasted! Another blob of cold air rotating around the polar vortex sends the latest arctic wave into Minnesota. Those that plan on commuting to work will need to layer up pretty much all week. Luckily, the cold eases up come the weekend for the 2nd Get Phat with Pat race at the River Bottoms.
Monday Night: Turning much colder. L: -15
Tuesday: Coldest day of the week H: -5 L: -7 Wind: NW 4
Wednesday: Early AM light snow. H: 2 L: -12 Wind: NW 10
Thursday: Clear & cold. H: -3 L: -10 Wind: W 10
Friday: Snow. Around 1 inch. H: 22 L: 17 Wind: SW 10-15
Saturday: Snow showers. H: 25 L: 3 Wind: N 10-15
Sunday: Snow showers. H: 21 L: 15 Wind: SW 10
Blizzard conditions can only mean one thing to the Minnesota fatbiker: trail maintenance. Winds packing over 30 mph combined with the 4"-6" snowfall we received this week has made the snow deep on spots. Any exposed area of trail likely has significant drifting. Carver Lake Park, for example, is planning trail maintenance and packing before the Cold Catfish Cup on Sunday.
A fresh round of 2"-4" of snow by Saturday should make the Get Phat with Pat River Bottoms Race interesting! Winds are always an issue when these strong Alberta Clippers race through Minnesota this time of year.
Saturday: Morning snow ending throughout afternoon. H: 18 Wind: S 10 G 20
Saturday Night: Clearing. L: 10 Wind chill: -4
Sunday: Mostly sunny. Breezy. H: 17 L: -7 Wind: 10-15 G 30
Monday: Cloudy and COLD. H: 0 L: -14 Wind: NW 7
Tuesday: Partly sunny. H: -2 L: -12 Wind: W 2-4
Wednesday: Cloudy. H: 5 L: -10 Wind: NW 7
The words 'polar vortex' have been thrown around a lot lately in the media. There's absolutely nothing new about the polar vortex. It has always been in the arctic! The polar vortex is simply the low pressure associated with the core of the coldest air in the northern most latitudes. This swirling low can often swing down lobes of cold air during winter. A piece of the polar vortex is back early next week...beware.
We're looking at a quick snowfall Monday night followed by the potential for damaging winds on Thursday. So far, next weekend looks quiet for the Get Phat with Pat race at the River Bottoms.
Monday: Cloudy. H: 24 Wind: NW 10
Monday Night: Snow. Accumulations around 2" L: 20 Wind: SE 4
Tuesday: Early morning snow, afternoon clearing. H: 21 L: 2 Wind: NW 10
Wednesday: Snow showers. H: 18 L: 17 Wind: SW 10
Thursday: Snow showers. Turning very windy and getting colder. H: 14 by 5pm L: 2 Wind: Gusts exceeding 40 mph
Friday: Sunny. H: 11 L: 2 Wind: SW 10
Saturday: Mostly sunny. H: 18 L: 11 Wind: NW 4
Sunday: Partly sunny. H: 24 L: 17 Wind: SE 5-10
Monday Night Snowfall Forecast
We spent 62 hours below zero this week. That number doesn't even come close to the record of 186 consecutive hours back in 1912. Either way, that crazy arctic outbreak is behind us. A 50 degree temperature swing has occurred over a 4 day period. 30s never felt so good!
There will be a couple opportunities for fresh snow on the trails this weekend. The first round comes in Friday night with 1 inch accumulation in the metro. A light wintry mix early Sunday could cause glaze on the groomed trails.
Saturday: Morning snow ending, staying cloudy. H: 29 Wind: NW 10
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. L: 16 Wind: SW 10
Sunday: Morning light freezing drizzle, very brief. Crusty trails? H: 35 L: 13 Wind: SW 10
Monday: Snow showers. H: 23 L: 16 Wind: SW 10
Tuesday: Partly cloudy, breezy. H: 24 L: 5 Wind: NW 15-20
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. H: 22 L: 13 Wind: SW 10
Fewer Frigid Nights
Despite the recent extreme cold, the numbers show that overall there is a downward trend in the number of extreme cold nights.
Ash Borer Larvae and Cold
If you've been up north lately, you've seen the devastation these little buggers have done to the ash trees. Across the United States, 150-200 million out of 8 billion ash trees have perished. The good new is that many of the ash borer larvae in Minnesota may not be able to survive our recent cold winter. A recent study "showed that 5% of the insects die at 0F, 34% at -10F, 79% at -20F and 98% at -30F." You can read more about this in Paul Hettner's weather blog.
2014 MORC Board of Directors
Introducing the 2014 MORC Board of Directors! We're excited about the upcoming year. I will be posting our latest webinar discussing the past, present and future of this great organization. Lots of good stuff in the pipeline so stay tuned!
Monday: Cloudy and coldest of the week. H: -16 Wind chill: -40
Monday Night: Bitterly cold. L: -20 Wind chill: -45
Tuesday: Not quite as cold. H: -1 L: -10 Wind chill: -10
Wednesday: Slowly climbing out of the cold. H: 0 L: -5 Wind: CALM
Thursday: Warmer southerly wind. Flurries. H: 17 L: 12 Wind: SE 10
Friday: Mostly cloudy, flurries. H: 30 L: 20 Wind: SW 10
Saturday: Mostly sunny. H: 32 L: 23 Wind: W 15-20
Sunday: Partly sunny H: 35 L: 25 Wind: SW 15-20
For those that will be commuting by bike this week, take extra care to cover up. With record cold and wind chill as low as -65, exposed skin can get frostbitten in 5-10 minutes.
Luckily, this extreme cold will be rather short lived. Conditions will gradually get warmer with each passing day and by the weekend, we'll be back to freezing!
Double-digit below zero HIGH temperatures...follow that? The coldest air in nearly 2 decades will move into the area early next week. It looks like high temperatures may range from -10 to -20F and the low temperatures may range from -15 to -30F Sunday through Tuesday. In the words of my Frozen40 teammate, this is just "dumb cold".
Saturday: Arctic front fresh from the Yukon arrives in the morning. High temp likely reached early, progressively getting colder throughout the day. H: 9 Wind: WNW 10-15
Saturday Night: The cold insanity begins. L: -18 Wind: NW 10
Sunday: Brutally cold. H: -15 L: -29 Wind chill: -35 to -50
Monday: Coldest since 1996. Trip to Arizona anyone? H: -17 L: -24 Wind chill:
-35 to -50
Tuesday: Slowly climbing out of the cold abyss. H: -5 L: -6 Wind: W 5-10
Wednesday: Snow showers. H: 14 L: 8 Wind: SE 2-4
All-Time January Cold
Forecast temps Sunday-Tuesday are a good 30-35 degrees below zero. Record cold high temperatures are a likely. And you know it's cold when Minnesota sees record cold highs!
Record Cold Highs
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NWS Twin Cities Weather Story