More light snow returns Monday, but heavy snow could be a problem by the end of the week. A couple rounds of cold air will send parts of Minnesota well below zero.
Another round of light snow is headed for the state on Monday.
Already by late Monday morning, flurries move into northwestern Minnesota, then light snow spreads across the rest of the state through the day.
The last of it will clear out by Tuesday morning, likely exiting northeastern Minnesota last, where there could be some lake-effect enhancement to the snow. Most of the state will see 1 3 inches of snow, with western Minnesota seeing the lightest amounts and the North Shore seeing the most, at 3 to 5 inches, due to the lake enhancement.
For the Twin Cities, the snow is likely to begin early Monday evening, and end in the overnight, before Tuesday morning’s commute, leaving 1 to 2 inches.
Highs Monday will be 5 to 10 degrees above average for the entire state, with temperatures in the 20s and 30s.
After Monday’s round of snow moves out early Tuesday, the rest of Tuesday stays quiet. Already by Wednesday, another light round of snow moves across Minnesota, bringing most of the state 1 to 2 inches.
Thursday remains quiet and is the best chance this week to see a bit of sunshine.
A winter storm that moves south of Minnesota on Friday brings our best chance for significant snowfall this week. Although there is still some uncertainly as to the exact track of the system, it looks like it will pass closest to southeastern Minnesota, bringing that part of the state the heaviest snow potential. Snowfalls of 6 inches-plus are possible.
We will keep you updated as the system approaches. It will also bring high winds, especially on Saturday.
The snow that Minnesota sees later Monday is associated to a cold front that will move across the state Monday night. Already Tuesday, much of Minnesota will already see falling temperatures. By Thursday morning, the temperatures bottom out with lows as cold as minus 20 for northwestern Minnesota, and only southeastern Minnesota will see temperatures that barely stay above zero.
Slightly milder air initially moves in with Friday’s snowstorm, returning most of the state to near-average temperatures. Colder air moves right back in behind that storm, and by the start of next week, highs could be only in the single digits, if not colder.
You can hear my live weather updates on Minnesota Public Radio at 7:48 a.m. Monday through Friday morning.