Bare ground? Green grass in late January? What gives? Fatbikers will be wishing they were in Chicago this weekend as 8" of snow or more may fall on the Windy City.
The metro will get snow, yes, but meager amounts of 1-2 inches. Beggars can't be choosers.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy. H: 28 Wind: NE 10-15
Saturday Night: Snow after midnight. L: 9
Sunday: Colder, gradual clearing. Windy. H: 13 L: -3 Wind: NE 15-20
Monday: Snow showers Monday night. H: 16 L: 10 Wind: SW 5-10
Tuesday: Lingering snow showers. 1-2 inches of fluff? H: 24 L: 6 Wind: SE 5-10
Wednesday: Remaining cold. H: 11 L: -6 Wind: WNW 10-15
Clippers will whiz past Minnesota from time to time through next week. Minor accumulations of snow expected with each. Temperature to remain colder than average but may rise slightly above normal into next weekend. In fact, some models are hinting at 40 degrees next weekend. Toto, I don't think we're in Minnesota anymore...
Pacific ocean air continues to stream into Minnesota resulting in above normal temps through Thursday. Expect conditions to warm above freezing during the day but slip into the 20s overnight. This freeze/thaw cycle will increase the ice on our metro trails. Arctic air arrives early February, if only for a brief time.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. H: 36 Wind: S 5
Tuesday Night: Increasing clouds. L: 25
Wednesday: Cloudy, breezy. H: 39 L: 27 Wind: SE 11
Thursday: Snow showers. Light accumulation. H: 34 L: 17 Wind: NW 15-20
Friday: Mostly cloudy. H: 26 L: 15 Wind: NE 4
Saturday: Cloudy, snow southern MN? H: 20 L: 4 WNW 10-15
Sunday: Getting colder. H: 18 L: 6 Wind: N 5-10
A fresh coating of snow arrives late in the weekend. Even so, unseasonably warm conditions will continue through next week. In fact, some of the warmest days yet this January are still to come. Predicting trail closures as high on Wednesday peak in the 40s to near 50 degrees!
Saturday: Cloudy. H: 36 Wind: SW 7
Saturday Night: Snow arrives. L: 21
Sunday: Snow slowly ends. Totals 2"-4". H: 27 L: 21 Wind: NE 10-15
Monday: Snow showers. Additional inch. H: 36 L: 25 Wind: 25 Wind: WNW 7
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. H: 37 L: 23 Wind: NW 5-10
Wednesday: Warmest day of January 2015. H: 40 L: 27 Wind: S 10-15
Seeing green grass in January is unusual in Minnesota. Diminishing snowpack, warmer conditions and higher winds have started to erode the soil. More snow (moisture) would help to keep soil particles from becoming airborne. Looking at a few opportunities for snow this week with a higher liquid content but nothing significant in the extended forecast.
Temps will continue to hover around freezing during the day so expect the snow to loose through the weekend.
Tuesday: Cloudy. H: 31 Wind: E 7
Tuesday Night: Snow across s'rn suburbs & along MN River Valley with up to 1-2 inches. L: 24
Wednesday: Slightly colder, calm, cloudy. H: 27 L: 21 Wind: CALM
Thursday: Dry, turning breezy. H: 32 L: 24 Wind: SW 10-20
Friday: Flurries late. H: 32 L: 26 Wind: w 10
Saturday: Snow showers after Get Phat with Pat race. H: 31 L: 20 Wind: NW 10
Sunday: Morning snow, less than 1 inch. H: 24 L: 15 Wind: NE 10
Due to the brutal cold earlier this month, the average high temperature so far this January falls below that of the January polar vortex of last year. Really puts the recent cold snap into perspective. But that's long behind us now. Temperatures stay well above zero through the extended...maybe touching on 40 degrees in spots Saturday. Slushy trails?
Saturday: Cloudy, misty freezing drizzle. Windy. H: 36 Wind: 20-30
Saturday Night: Clearing, colder. L: 25
Sunday: Party sunny. Not as windy. H: 33 L: 23 Wind: W 10
Monday: Flurries. H: 31 L: 23 Wind: SW 2
Tuesday: Snow showers, a quick dusting. H: 28 L: 24 Wind: NW 10
Wednesday: Snow showers. H: 28 L: 15 Wind: W 5-10
Cold Returns: Another puff of colder air sinks into Minnesota the last week in January. While it doesn't look as cold as what we saw earlier in the month temperatures will trend colder than average. This will help to keep the snow in good condition!
We're due for a warm up. The last grasp of arctic air survives through Tuesday, then a significant warm up takes us into the weekend. While trail conditions are prime now, there could be some melting of the snow in the usual south-facing slopes come Saturday-Sunday.
Tuesday: Sunny, still cold. H: 8 Wind chill: -5 to -10
Tuesday Night: Dusting of snow. L: 5
Wednesday: The warm-up begins. Cloudy. H: 20 L: 15 Wind chill: 13
Thursday: Warmer breeze. H: 28 L: 16 Wind: W 7
Friday: Closer to freezing. H: 30 L: 19 Wind: SE 4
Saturday: Warmest day for Get Phat with Pat race. H: 36° L: 20 Wind: W 10
Sunday: Slushy snow in the sun. H: 29 L: 17 Wind: WNW 10
A character-building week for bike commutes for sure! Large, nasty beardcicles and snotcicles have been all the rage. And while it's cold as heck outside, our trails could not be better.
The snow we received Thursday will be the last bit we will see in the extended forecast. Little fanfare with the temps and precip through next week. Models continue to indicate warmer (slightly above freezing) conditions around the 16 & 17 of January. Get the snow while it's good!
Friday: Frigid, yet sunny. H: 0 Wind chill: -15 to -20
Friday Night: Clear. L: -10 Wind chill: -25 to -30
Saturday: Minor thaw. H: 13 L: 0 Wind: SW 7
Sunday: Mostly cloudy. H: 15 L: -1 Wind: NE 4
Monday: Another hit of cold. H: 4 L: -9 Wind: NW 7
Tuesday: Sunny. H: 7 L: 1 Wind: SW 4
Along with the arctic cold came an arctic high pressure just about the size of America itself. The central pressure of this high turned out to be record breaking Wednesday morning over Nebraska with an impressive 1056.9 mb reading.
Cold...it's all relative: What feels cold in Kentucky is totally different from what feels cold in Minnesota. Take a look at the National Weather Service criteria for Wind Chill Advisories and Warnings.
Very little snow but a whole lotta cold this week. Hang in there, the invasive cold is expected to moderate come mid January.
Tuesday: Partly sunny. Above zero! H: 7 Wind chill: -15
Tuesday night: Frigid. L: -13 Wind: NW 10
Wednesday: Staying below zero. H: -5 L: -9 Wind chill: -20
Thursday: Snow shower, light coating. H: 14 L: -9 Wind chill: 3
Friday: Stupid cold. H: -2 L: -14 Wind chill: -20
Saturday: Cold sunshine. H: 5 L: 1 Wind chill: -10
Sunday: Slightly "warmer". Lighter wind. H: 17 L: 3 Wind: SW 5
Wind Chill Calculator: When the wind chill drops below zero, the cold can become dangerous. Know the early warning signs of frost bite before you head out on the trail.
Whether we like it or not, the dreaded polar vortex is back in our vocabulary. Seriously cold conditions arrive as temps barely break zero degree on Sunday. Ouch. Strong winds will also result in dangerously low wind chill values. If you are brave enough to venture outside on the bike, make sure to cover up any exposed skin!
Saturday: Snow. Trace to 2". H: 28 Wind: S 5-10
Saturday night: Blustery and turning colder. L: -6 NW 15-20
Sunday: Bitterly cold. Wind chill: -22 H: 0 L: -11 Wind: NW 15-20
Monday: Snow showers. H: 1 L: -6 Wind: W 10
Tuesday: Continued cold. H: 2 L: -13 Wind: W 10-15
Wednesday: Coldest day. H: -4 L: -14 Wind: NW 10-15
NWS Twin Cities Weather Story