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Several batches of snow this week; coldest day is Thursday

Odds favor arctic cold next weekend

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After going through the first 11 days of January with no measurable snow at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, snow finally arrived late Sunday afternoon. Snow will continue much of Sunday evening in the metro area and much of southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Snow amounts in the Twin Cities metro area are expected to be mostly in the 1 to 2 inch range.

Heavier snow amounts of 3 to 4 inches are possible in portions of southern Minnesota where a winter weather advisory continues until midnight this Sunday:

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Sunday afternoon/evening snow
National Weather Service

“Evening” refers to Sunday evening in the graphic above.

Updates on the snow can be found on the Twin Cities NWS site. Snow reports will be posted here.

You can hear updated weather information on the MPR network, and you’ll see updated weather info on the MPR News live weather blog.

Monday evening snow

Another batch of snow moves through much of Minnesota and western Wisconsin Monday evening into early Tuesday. NOAA’s North American Mesoscale forecast model shows the potential precipitation pattern Monday afternoon through Tuesday afternoon:

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Simulated radar Monday afternoon through Tuesday afternoon
NOAA, via Tropicaltidbits.com

Some areas could also see a wintry mix at times.

We’ll have a chance of snow showers on Wednesday, and several forecast models are showing a plowable snow for much of Minnesota and western Wisconsin Friday into Friday night. That could change, but check forecast updates if you have travel plans for Friday or early Saturday.

Temperature trends

Monday highs will be in the 20s across much of Minnesota, with some lower 30s from the Twin Cities metro area into southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Tuesday highs are mildest to the east:

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Tuesday forecast highs
National Weather Service

We may see a temp of about 30 degrees early Tuesday morning in the Twin Cities metro area, with temps falling through the 20s as we go through the day. Twin Cities highs are projected to be in the upper teens on Wednesday, then we’ll have a high of only about 10 degrees on Thursday, followed by mid 20s on Friday.

The coldest morning this week in the Twin Cities will be on Thursday, with a low of about 7 below zero. Northern Minnesota and parts of central Minnesota will see lows in the teens below zero Thursday morning, and parts of far northern Minnesota could dip into the 20s below zero.

Arctic chill next weekend?

The Climate Prediction Center of the National Weather Service show a strong tendency for colder than normal temperatures next weekend into the beginning of the following week:

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Temperature outlook Jan. 18 through Jan. 22
NWS Climate Prediction Center

We may see some single-digit highs next weekend.

I hope that you have a good week!