Your cold weather riding gear will get tested big time. The coldest air of the season arrives this weekend along with our first sub-zero temperature readings. Three waves of arctic air will rotate around the infamous polar vortex sending us into the deep freezer through much of next week.
Historically, the Twin Cities temperature has always dipped below zero at some point during winter. On average we experience 30+ nights below 0F during a typical winter, according to meteorologist Paul Douglas. The extended outlook shows below freezing temperatures through late January. Classic Minnesota weather as the average high for this time of the year is low-to-mid 20s.
A pair of fast-moving clippers next week could bring a quick dusting of snow. Otherwise the arctic air will help keep the current snowpack intact for trail riding.
The Vikings will likely play their coldest game on Sunday. Players and spectators will brave wind chill values 15 degrees below zero. Brrr.
Forecasting winter snow can make a meteorologist go mad. Just take a look at the graphic below of the very narrow snowband that sat over Georgetown recently. This tiny streak was no more than 2 miles wide, yet produced over a foot of snow! Surrounding areas just a few miles away barely received an inch. These microscale weather phenomena can be terribly hard to predict.
Summer brings warm afternoons perfect for biking, but the summer heat and humidity can also spark thunderstorms and severe weather. Be prepared for any type of adverse weather headed your way with Aeris Pulse.
NWS Twin Cities Weather Story