Climatological Summary for 2016

Minnesota saw a number of climatological records broken in 2016.  With liquid precip of 0.97 inches on Christmas Day, the Twin Cities broke the yearly precipitation record of 40.15 inches set back in 1911 with a new record of 40.32 inches.

Other temperature and precipitation records were broken throughout the year in the Twin Cities (Data: NOAA/NWS):

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Dangerous cold sets in – Wind Chill Advisory issued

The 24 hour temperature difference is -29.  We’re currently at 4 degrees above zero with a wind chill of -4.  The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory that takes effect at midnight tonight and runs through 10 AM on Sunday.  Wind chills will begin dropping to around 25 below after  midnight.  The most dangerous wind chills will be between the hours of 5 AM and 9 AM on Sunday morning.
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Heavier snow on track for metro

Overnight, the National Weather Service upgraded the Winter Storm Watch to a Winter Storm Warning in effect from 3 PM today till 6 PM on Tuesday.

The heaviest snow, which could fall at rates of 2 inches per hour is expected to start start mid-afternoon and continue to fall at a higher rate through the midnight hour.

When all is said and done, snow totals ranging from 4 to 8 inches are likely with as much as 10 inches in some locations.  Expect lighter amounts the further north you go.
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Winter storm could impact beginning of work week

Monday evening and Tuesday morning commutes could be impacted this week as a winter storm takes aim at the area.

A Winter Storm Watch has been posted for central and southern Minnesota including the Twin Cities metro area.  The watch is in effect from noon on Monday till 6 AM Tuesday morning.

The National Weather Service is forecasting accumulations of 6 to 10 inches.
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