One more day. One more day of above-average temperatures in the Twin Cities’ forecast, with temperatures in the upper 30s (and possibly a stray 40). We’ll see more clouds today, as well as some drizzle chances, before we see some mixed precipitation turn into snow accumulations by tonight to tomorrow.
Here’s a look at your Minneapolis 7 day forecast (and St. Paul 7 day forecast):
Let’s talk snow. We’re looking to be on the northern fringe of the heavier snow in this one. Here’s what I mean, as you look at the 1-2 a.m. future radar while heavier snow moves in:
Note, then, that heavier snow looks to impact places in the south metro and further south, like Faribault. Watch that zone as you keep track of your own location on these next maps. Here’s the map as we approach 7 a.m. on Thursday morning:
Note that the heaviest, possibly convective (formed through rising air – like a convection oven), snow starts to show up between 6 and 7 a.m. Not good for Thursday morning’s commute, but good for kids wanting to possibly stay home from school Thursday or Thursday morning.
Snow does start to wrap up by noon to 1 p.m.:
There it goes in the image above – although it’s slowed down by about an hour or so versus yesterday. Either way, at this point we’re less than 24 hours out, so I think it’s safe to put some real accumulating snow into the forecast.
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.