5-7” of snow could fall on the Twin Cities before wrapping up on Monday afternoon. The metro is under a Winter Storm Warning from midnight Sunday till noon on Monday.
The National Weather Service in the Twin Cities has this to say:
“A quick, but strong storm system will bring moderate to heavy snow overnight through the Monday morning commute. Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour will likely cause severe travel delays. Snow will taper off by early afternoon.”
I’ve been watching Jim Cantore on The Weather Channel for years. This guy is not afraid of the elements… he’ll literally run into “anything” (or in this case put a knee into it). Nice one Jim! Your peripheral awareness is stealth-like.
Some people say that it “just feels like we got a lot more snow when we were younger.” Interestingly enough, we were going through some old pictures tonight and I found a few that were taken when I was a kid.
These couple of pictures stuck out as they appear to have a lot of snow. I was pretty young in these, but if you look at how tall the snow is in correlation to everything around it, there was a lot of snow.
But how much snow?
The “driveway picture” was taken in the winter of 1981. November 19, 1981 is in fact one of Minnesota’s most famous winter storms. According to the Minnesota DNR, on that day in 1981, there was heavy snow with hear blizzard conditions. Over a foot of wet snow caused the inflated fabric of the Metrodome to collapse and rip. Additionally, the winter of 1981-82 is #2 in the “Top 10 Minnesota Snowiest Winters“. During that winter, we picked up 95 inches of snow.
The other pictures are from Winter 1984. It’s no shocker that by looking at these pictures that the winter of 1983-84 is also in the Top 10. That winter is the snowiest winter on record in Minnesota with a whopping 98.6 inches of snow!
#1 snowiest winter on record (98.6 inches in 1984)
The coldest temperatures are upon the Twin Cities within the next 4-5 days. By the beginning of next week, highs will not make it out of the teens below zero (read –15). Nighttime lows will be in the –20s, again, the coldest we’ve seen this season.
As it looks now, we won’t make it back above zero until the middle of next week. We’ll come close to record low next Monday night. The record low for January 6 was set in 1912 when the the temperature dropped to –27°F. During the day, the forecasted high is going to be a very chilly –16°F, which brings us in the ballpark for the maximum high low temperature of –14°F set back in 1909.
Before we jet back into the artic, the weekend brings us just a slight chance of some snow. The models are printing little to none (3 days out), so don’t expect anything more than a dusting or so.
Just in time, and with the new year upon us, we are happy to introduce our new website. For the last 10 years, we’ve seem many different variations of our website while continuing to focus on providing local weather data for the Twin Cities.
In our latest release, we’ve moved from ASP.NET and the Microsoft.NET platform to the WordPress content management system. We are very excited about this change and it provides us a simplified avenue in providing dynamic content to our visitors in the form of just-in-time weather information and commentary.
Our weather station is still providing the same data, and we are still working with our same customized tools that provide the data that shows up on our website. We also hope to expand that content to include additional areas outside of the Twin Cities metro, as well as access to archives including Twin Cities climate data.
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