11-3 Nasty Cold Snap Coming: Snow?

It’s time to start mentioning that four letter word we all hate/love/loathe: snow.

There’s some in the forecast, at least potentially… It would arrive as a rain/snow mix late Monday to early Tuesday of next week, followed by some of the nastiest cold air we’ve seen since last winter.  Highs dropping from 40s over the weekend to 20s by Tuesday and Wednesday.

Here’s a view of a forecast map for next Tuesday – notice the -4°F chunk that would be over northern Minnesota, shaded in deep red:


While those temps are a mile into the atmosphere, we’re going to be pretty cold down here, too.

In fact, I started looking at the European model and some other time plots of temperatures, and check out what some of the models are showing for highs early next week.  This image shows next week’s Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday situations:


Notice the blue spike around Monday to Tuesday. That would be your rain/mix/snow.

See the pink line? That is temperatures. See where the double arrow points to? Those are two highs that would be below freezing, likely in the middle to upper 20s, for Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. That would be November 11th and 12th, if you’ve got your calendar out.

We’ll be updating you on this as things progress, and we’re certainly a long ways away from predicting accumulating snow… but next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are definitely days to keep an eye on.

~Meteorologist Aaron Shaffer @AaronShafferWX


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Follow Meteorologist Aaron Shaffer on Twitter. Aaron is a meteorologist who lives in Minneapolis, is on the Midtown Greenway Coalition's board of directors, and is the digital communications and social media associate for the nonprofit Avivo in Minneapolis. Deep down he's a weather geek and has a degree in Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences from UW-Madison to prove it. He's spent time working at TV stations in Wyoming, South Dakota, and Iowa prior to arriving in Minneapolis to work for WeatherNation and now forecasting for MinnyApple. His favorite weather career moment came while storm chasing for his Iowa station (he went on 40+ storm chases during that time), when he saw a mile-wide EF-4 rated tornado.