How much snow will Minneapolis get? When will it arrive? These are just some of the questions I’m hearing about this week’s snow event on the way to the Twin Cities and most of Minnesota.
Here’s the radar view as of 4:20 p.m. this Sunday afternoon, as snow gradually builds its way into the area:
A few flakes have flown already, but we’re probably looking at a 5 p.m. start time for the NW suburbs, and a little later in Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Let’s start with snowfall totals and work into timing:
You can see quite a bit of snowfall coming to Minnesota as our next storm system moves through – including 6-8″ (or likely more in a few spots) near the Twin Cities. Timing is essentially “soon” to heavier snow this evening and into the overnight hours. Here’s the future radar over most of MN around 8:30 p.m. this evening:
You can see much of the central portion of Minnesota under the outer bands of this storm system, which is actually quick-moving, and will ultimately work to pull in some of the coldest air we’ve seen in central MN in years (or decades).
By 4:00 a.m. Monday or so you can see the tail-end of the more moderate snow (the blue shades seen in the image below) moving out of the region:
We’ll likely see things clear out snow-wise for most by commute time, but there could still be a few lingering snow showers out there. Here’s the forecast radar a few hours later:
You can see in the image above that by around 9-10 a.m. we’ll just be left in the lightest possible snow bands (or no snow at all) as our system wraps its self east over central Wisconsin, which will actually get the brunt of heavy snow out of this system.
After that? We see temperatures fall from a high around 10 on Monday to double-digits below zero overnight… and we stay there (yes, even the double-digits part) until at least Thursday morning. Stay tuned and be safe!
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.