Snow tapers today, nippy New Year’s ahead
Winter storms in Minnesota are like boxes of Cracker Jack. Each one comes with a surprise gift inside.
The season's strongest winter storm so far delivered on forecast snowfall totals from the southern Twin Cities south to Mankato, Rochester and beyond. The special surprise gift with this storm was the instant snow cutoff line that parked over the far north and northwest metro overnight.
Another free surprise? The crazy high and inaccurate forecast output from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's North American Mesoscale Forecast System model leading up to the storm. It was at least 10 inches too high for many areas. Note to NOAA: Please fix the NAM in winter.
While most of southern Minnesota achieved model forecast snowfall totals, the northwest metro and the zone from St. Cloud to Duluth pretty much got skunked. Good news if you're a commuter in St. Cloud. Not so much in the metro.
Grow the Future of Public Media
MPR News is Member supported public media. Show your support today, donate, and ensure access to local news and in-depth conversations for everyone.
Winter storm warnings continue for much of the day from the metro south and east
Snowfall totals from 4 inches to 12.5 inches reported from the Twin Cities to Iowa and Wisconsin
Mapleton [Blue Earth Co, MN] PUBLIC reports SNOW of 12.50 INCH at 9:24 AM CST -- SOURCE = SOCIAL MEDIA
Secondary upper low keeps snow going in some areas today
New Year's Eve chill
SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE MORNING BEFORE BEGINNING TO DIMINISH THIS AFTERNOON. ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES ARE EXPECTED TO FALL THROUGH THE MORNING...WITH THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS FROM MANKATO AND NEW ULM OVER TO THE SOUTHERN TWIN CITIES METRO AND RED WING. COMBINED WITH SNOW THAT HAS BEEN FALLING SINCE MONDAY EVENING...THIS WILL PUSH STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL TO 5 TO 9 INCHES ACROSS THE WARNING AREA.
The golden snow shovel award so far? Mapleton in southern Minnesota with a very plowable 12.5 inches.
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
844 AM CST TUE DEC 29 2015
...SNOWFALL REPORTS PAST 24 HOURS ...
LOCATION AMOUNT TIME/DATE
WINNEBAGO 9.6 IN 0800 AM
FARIBAULT 8.0 IN 0700 AM
MANKATO 8.0 IN 0729 AM
MANKATO 4 E 7.2 IN 0700 AM
AMBOY 7.0 IN 0603 AM 12/29
NEW ULM 3SE 6.8 IN 0554 AM
FAIRMONT 6.7 S 6.2 IN 0637 AM
WASECA 1 NNE 6.1 IN 0700 AM
ALBERT LEA 3SE 6.0 IN 0800 AM
MADELIA 6.0 IN 0607 AM
1 S LAKEVILLE 5.8 IN 0400 AM
COMFREY 6.5 ENE 5.8 IN 0655 AM
ELLENDALE 0.3 SW 5.5 IN 0700 AM
ROSEMOUNT 5.3 IN 0630 AM
GAYLORD 5.2 IN 0730 AM
BRICELYN 5.2 IN 0800 AM
1 NE OWATONNA 5.1 IN 0700 AM
APPLE VALLEY 2 E 5.1 IN 0700 AM
ROSEMOUNT 4.5 WSW 5.0 IN 0700 AM
MINNEAPOLIS ST. PAUL AIRPORT 4.7 IN 0559 AM
Storm pulls out slowly today
The main low pressure wave slides east today. Behind it, an upper air vorticity lobe (spin zone) that will keep snow sputtering on and off. Some areas south of the metro will pick up another 1 to 3 inches today even as the main surface low pulls east. Colder northwest flow rides in behind the system.
Snow gradually fades
Here's a look at simulated radar today from the Twin Cities National Weather Service. User note: Don't take this too literally county by county, but use the trends for planning.
Couple more inches especially south
Overall, another 1 to 3 inches seems likely where snow bands persist today, especially south of the metro across southern Minnesota and east into Wisconsin.
Nippy New Year's: Classic winter weekend
Finally, some real winter in Minnesota. New Year's Eve temperatures in the teens remind us where we live. This weekend should be a classic to get out and play in all that fresh new snow. Outdoor ice skating at your local skating rink this week?