A shifting snow forecast in Minnesota
It seems like we’re back to our old weather tricks, with snowstorms sliding away at the last second. In this case it’s the bullseye of the snowstorm and the heavy earlier round that have shifted. Here’s the radar view as of 7 a.m.:
Note the little wisp circled over Minneapolis. That looks like it’ll be the only precipitation in the early going, which is great news for people still planning on getting to work today. Meanwhile, that larger, heavier blog to the west? That was supposed to be over us right now… and yes, it’s snowing.
It’s because of that shift of about 50-60 miles west that the bullseye has shifted, and now places like Duluth are looking at significantly less snow vs. yesterday’s forecast as well.
Here’s the future radar as snow picks up in the Twin Cities (it’ll be fairly moderate all day in the western suburbs and rural communities) early afternoon:
Those areas on that forecast map that show up as reds/oranges are areas where we’re talking about at least 1-2″ of snow per hour. Very, very, heavy snow. Looking ahead toward around 3 p.m. we can see that snow has lightened a bit, but is still heavy as it moves overhead:
By around 8 p.m. you start to see some of the heavier snow diminishing, but we’ll still be seeing snow accumulating in the area:
So what are the totals we’re expecting across Minnesota at this point? Here’s the latest snow forecast totals, which shift the bullseye SW from where they were:
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.