Mississippi currently has more snow on the ground than Minnesota. Go figure. We've seen the least amount of snow this meteorological winter (Dec.-Feb.) since 1994-95. But as we all know, a Minnesota winter doesn't end in February.
A storm early next week has the potential to bring a plowable snow to the area. Get the snowy singletrack while it's good; within 2 weeks temps may rise into the 40s!
Saturday: Partly sunny. H: 21 Wind: SW 10-15
Saturday Night: Mostly clear. L: 8
Sunday: Slightly below freezing. H: 27 L: 12 Wind: W 10
Monday: Snow arrives late afternoon. H: 26 L: 18 Wind: S 5-10
Tuesday: Snow 1"-2"+ possible. H: 28 L: 8 Wind: NW 10-15
Wednesday: Turning colder. H: 10 L: 0 Wind: NW 15-20
Slurpee Waves: With all the cold and snowy weather in New England "slurpee waves" have been spotted off the coast of Nantucket. These waves are not frozen solid but simply contain a mixture of ice that gives a frosty appearance.
The end of February marks the end of meteorological winter (Dec.-Feb.) and we've only had 15.6" of snow...the least we've seen since 1994-95!
Dry, northwest flow dominates this week, preventing any big storms from entering into Minnesota. But a storm may clip southern MN Sunday and produce 1-2 inches of new snow. Here's hoping.
Tuesday: Warmer, mostly sunny. H: 29 Wind: W 15
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy. L: 2
Wednesday: Getting colder again. H: 14 L: -5 Wind: N 5-10
Thursday: Coldest day of the week. H: 10 L: -3 Wind: NW 5-10
Friday: Sunny. H: 17 L: 5 Wind: SW 5-10
Saturday: Sunny. H: 27 L: 13 Wind: S 10-15
Sunday: Snow. 1-2 inch accumulation H: 26 L: 15 Wind: NW 5-10
Cyclist's Snow Tunnel: While our storms this winter have given us 1-2 inch snowfalls, Boston's storms have dumped 10-20 inches. A season snowfall approaching 100 inches can make snow removal challenging but when the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) blocked a bike path with mounds of snow, one local cyclists took action.
Close to 25 inches of snow has fallen so far this winter. Just 1 inch of snow depth currently all the while Boston is closing in on 100 inches. Crazy.
Cold conditions linger through the weekend. A brief thaw is possible Tuesday then again the first few days of March. Stay tuned.
Saturday: Snow flurries, blustery. H: 15 Wind: NW 10-15
Saturday Night: Clearing. L: -9
Sunday: Cold, yet sunny. H: 3 L: -10 Wind: NW 10
Monday: Warmer wind. H: 20 L: 22 Wind: SW 10-15
Tuesday: Partly sunny. Slushy trails during the day? H: 32 : 4 Wind: W 10-15
Wednesday: Turning colder. H: 13 L: -2 Wind: NW 10
The state of Kentucky just got dumped on with 10 inches of snow. Wonder if KyMBA will start grooming their trails? We'll be lucky if we see an inch this week. The continued cold, however, will keep the snowpack fresh.
Tuesday: Cloudy and cold. H: 9 Wind chill: -20 to -30
Tuesday Night: Snow showers. Less than 1 inch L: -10
Wednesday: Cold sunshine. H: 1 L: -14 Wind chill: -30 to -35
Thursday: Bitterly cold. H: 6 L: -8 Wind chill: -20 to -30
Friday: Snow. 1-2 inch accumulations. H: 12 L: 6 Wind: S 10-15
Saturday: Partly sunny. H: 15 L: 4 Wind: NW 15-20
Sunday: Still cold. H: 10 L: 6 Wind: CALM
Temperatures remain below freezing through the extended period. May not see 32 degrees until the last weekend in February. Stay warm!
The worst that winter had to offer is now behind us. Boston has been hogging all the snow! They are literally measuring the snow by the foot...near 6 feet of snow in a mere 2 weeks time in some suburbs. Ridiculous. We're lucky if we get an inch.
But seems like we've prayed to the snow gods and they have answered. New snow arrives Tuesday with a quick-hitting 1-3 inch event. It's amazing what just a little snow can do to the trails. This new snow is followed by extended cold. Bodes well for the Fatbike Frozen 40 on Saturday!
Tuesday: Quickly accumulating snow. H: 32 Wind: SE 10-15
Tuesday Night: Snow ending. 1-3 inch totals. L: 20
Wednesday: Windy, blowing snow. H: 22 L: -4 Wind: NW 30-35
Thursday: Partly sunny, cold. H: 12 L: 4 Wind: NW 15-20
Friday: Colder than average. H: 20 L: 0 Wind: NW 20
Saturday: Cold sun. Wind chill 15-20 below zero. H: 7 L: -6 Wind: NW 15-20
Sunday: Snow showers. H: 20 L: 14 Wind: SE 20
Snow Totals: Tuesday's snow hits northern Minnesota the most. 3-5 inches are possible across the COGGS trails, whereas the MORC trails receive 1-3 inches of new snow. Grooming/packing will be needed either way.
Looking for groomed singletrack? Check out the new website rolled out by 45NRTH that highlights Midwest trail conditions. "This is the future of winter cycling. This is groomed singletrack": http://groomedsingletrack.com/ride
Winter Bike to Work Day: Okay, okay, our winter hasn't been THAT bad. But it can certainly be brutal some years. But Minnesotans are a hearty people. A recent poll showed Minneapolis in 5th place for the most participants in Winter Bike to Work Day. Mind you this is an international pole. Go us!
Suffering through the Snow: Cycling Weekly asked British cyclists to showcase their best winter riding photos. Tons of skinnies in the snow! Show us your best winter riding photo on 2WW's FaceBookpage!
Rockin' Fatties: This is the first time I've seen photographic evidence of the Minneapolis Police Department on fatbikes. They are definitely prepared for whatever a Minnesota winter throws at 'em!
If the lack of snow wasn't bad enough, Minnesota may see light sleet and freezing rain this weekend. Light icing is possible on the trails! Check out the 2015 Cuyuna Lakes Whiteout CycleaCast:
The severe lack of snow this winter has become a dire situation for race directors of various events. With natural snow in short supply, the 2015 City of Lakes Loppet revised their original plans and changed the majority of the event to the Theodore Wirth groomed trails.
On a positive note, we've spent 8% less than average heating our homes this winter; 16% less than last year.
Two chances for snow this week: Tuesday & Saturday. An inch of snow is likely on Tuesday but temperatures above freezing on Friday will melt most of the snow. A wetter storm could arrive by the weekend. Hopefully we get this much needed moisture after a very dry January.
Tuesday: Snow starts midday. H: 21 Wind: NE 2-4
Tuesday Night: Accumulation ~ 1 inch. L: 6
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. H: 16 L: 0 Wind: NW 10-15
Thursday: Still cold. H: 19 L: 15 Wind: S 10-15
Friday: Warm-up begins. H: 35 L: 22 Wind: SW 10-15
Saturday: Snow and sleet. H: 31 L: 18 Wind: E 10
Sunday: Snow likely, 1-2 inches? H: 30 L: 11 Wind: SE 2
NWS Twin Cities Weather Story