It feels like our forecast has been on repeat: Cold followed by slight warming, which is followed by snow, which is followed by more cold. That’s what’s coming to the Twin Cities again as we head into today and this weekend.
Our forecast starts with some mid-late morning snow:
That future radar image is for 10 a.m. this morning, and you can see snow already edging in over eastern Minnesota.
The heaviest period will likely be early afternoon, making things messy just in time for Friday’s evening commute. This is the future radar view right about 2-3 p.m.:
After that snow tapers and we just see some light patches of snow the rest of the afternoon and evening. By the end we’re looking for about 2-3″ of snow, with an outside chance of slightly higher totals in some isolated spots.
Today and tomorrow we stay in the upper teens for temperatures – which at this point feels warm (our average high now is 34 degrees – about 15 degrees warmer than today and tomorrow’s highs). Sunday, we see a new surge of arctic air:
Those purplish colors in the map above represent temps of -10 to -20 degrees a mile up in the atmosphere. That’ll mean more below zero temps for us in the Twin Cities metro, and especially up north.
When will that change? Right now it looks like late next week we’ll see a dramatic shift, at least for a short time – with highs returning to the lower 30s.
Looking even further ahead (which is usually dangerous when you don’t know that spring lies ahead no matter what) I’m seeing a pretty major warming trend by mid-March. That’s not a surprise, since by then our average highs will be near 40 – but stay tuned!
Follow Meteorologist Aaron Shaffer on Twitter. Aaron is a meteorologist who lives in Minneapolis and is the digital communications and social media associate for the nonprofit Avivo in Minneapolis. He is Ward 8's representative on the Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee, 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.