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A much quieter weather week ahead, only light snow chances

Black ice a concern after cold temperatures overnight

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This past weekend’s massive snowstorm brought many parts of northern Minnesota over a foot of snow, and the Duluth area saw almost 2 feet of snow plus blizzard conditions. 

That snow catapulted this November to the eighth snowiest on record for Duluth, even without including the 7.2 inches of snow which fell Sunday. (Sunday was the first day of December, therefore it was not included in November totals).

We are now in for a very quiet stretch across Minnesota, as the state digs out. There are only light snow chances, mostly for the northern part of the state, and sunshine will be much more prevalent.

Monday

Once skies cleared by Sunday night, temperatures plummeted, with many Monday morning readings in the single digits or even below zero. 

Here were some of the temperatures as of 8 a.m.: 

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8 a.m. temperatures for Monday.
Courtesy of National Weather Service

Especially for southern Minnesota, where some of the precipitation from the storm came as sleet and rain, black ice is now a concern for untreated roads as any wet areas froze overnight. Sidewalks, parking lots, etc. could also have icy areas, so be careful.

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Black ice warning.
National Weather Service

And, it is unlikely we will see any of the snow or ice melting Monday, as temperatures stay below freezing, with highs only in the 20s.

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Monday high temperatures.
National Weather Service

There is a minor disturbance that will bring light snow to parts of northern Minnesota Monday, but little to no accumulation is expected. Much of the state will see a fair amount of sunshine.

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Monday afternoon snow chances.
National Weather Service

This week

The week ahead continues Monday’s mostly quiet trend. There are a couple minor disturbances that clip through the state, especially for northern Minnesota, bringing only slight chances for light snow or flurries. 

Here are the forecast snow totals across the region through Thursday, which show most places will get no snow or trace amounts. The shovels and snowblowers will get a break this week.

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Snow accumulation through Thursday.
National Weather Service

Highs this week remain near average, mostly in the 20s and 30s. However, Friday will be cooler with more of our temperatures in the teens and low 20s.

Enjoy the break from the snowstorms!

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