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Blissfully quiet for now; first subzero cold in sight?

The season's coldest air mass so far could arrive next week

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We’re catching a break in storm systems across Minnesota this week. We’ll take it.

The Duluth area continues to dig out from close to 2 feet of snow.

Our Sunday night flash freeze still has the Twin Cities dealing with icy spots underfoot.

Our weather pattern mellows this week. We’ll see plenty of sunshine and a couple of days above the thawing point.

Temperature forecast for Twin Cities
Temperature forecast for the Twin Cities
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration via Weather Bell

The sunshine and milder afternoon temperatures should help treated streets and sidewalks clear up as the week rolls on. Right now I don’t see any significant weather systems on the maps this week.

Colder next week?

The medium-range forecast models suggest a shot of much colder air early next week. The upper air pattern plunges a deep low-pressure trough southward across Minnesota and the central United States next Monday and Tuesday.

NOAA upper air forecast map for 6 pm December 10
NOAA upper-air forecast map for 6 p.m. Dec. 10.

Most major forecast models suggest the season’s first sub-zero temperatures could arrive in the Twin Cities area early next week.

NOAA GFS model 16-day temperature outlook for Minneapolis
NOAA GFS model 16-day temperature outlook for Minneapolis
NOAA via Meteostar

Milder in late December?

There are signs any subzero air next week may not linger. NOAA’s three-to-four week temperature outlook favors milder than average temperatures across the Midwest.

NOAA week 3 and 4 temperature outlook
NOAA week three-to-four-week temperature outlook.

Stay tuned.