Waiting for rain and snow in Minneapolis
All eyes are on the weekend storm headed for Minneapolis/St. Paul, and really much of Minnesota.
It’s unfortunate that it’s set to happen again, but here we are, with the most complex storm we’ve seen yet.
Let’s talk about the rain. That’s what we’ll see first, starting later this evening. The first round looks to be fairly light:
It lifts north of us, and that represents the warmer sector of this storm as it builds to our south and west. By morning to midday Friday, we’ve already seen snow start up to our north, but we dodge quite a bit of it in the early going of this storm. Note the blues, some with yellow within – that’s your heaviest snow:
The greens in these future radar maps indicate rain, with a possibility of thunder in the area as well. Fast-forward through much of the storm, to Friday evening, and that’s when you finally get enough cold air to change things to snow for Minneapolis/St. Paul:
And oh yeah, during this span of time there’s a possibility of ice. It’s all coming.
The advantage we have as we get any frozen precipitation is that our roads will be warmer from today and tonight to start, so much of any ice or snow will melt on contact… at first.
How much snow are we looking at? I haven’t even shown you Saturday’s future radar views. Most of the accumulations wait, for us, until Friday night to Saturday morning:
You can see that big, scary-looking, blob headed our way. That ones iffy, but if it comes, it could add some significant snow even to the Twin Cities’ forecast.
Right now, I’d say we’re going to see about 2-3″ of snow, minimum. If that blob comes Saturday, that could push our totals into the 5-6″+ range. 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.