Light snow through Friday, then heavy snow Sunday

Northwestern Minnesota sees dangerous windchills overnight

Light snow is making its way across Minnesota and also dropping temperatures for parts of the state. A far more potent snowstorm targets southern Minnesota by Saturday night.

Forecast through Friday

A weak area of low pressure and cold front are moving across Minnesota, bringing isolated areas of flurries and light snow. As of early Thursday evening, the system already switched the wind in northwestern Minnesota to a colder, northerly wind. That colder air spreading in will cause a large contrast in overnight temperatures across the state, from negative teens northwest to near 20 southeast.

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Friday low temperatures
National Weather Service

Adding in the wind, our northwestern counties along the Red River Valley could “feel like” minus 35 overnight and are under a windchill advisory from midnight to 10 a.m. Friday.

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Friday morning wind chills
National Weather Service

By Friday, the cooler air becomes more widespread, with all but southeastern Minnesota seeing single digits and teens.

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Friday high temperatures
National Weather Service

Like the cold, the snow continues to spread across the state, and by late Thursday night most of the state has a chance of seeing a little snow.

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Areas that could see snow Thursday night
National Weather Service

Snow then clears out through the day Friday. Most of the state will see snow totals ranging from 0 to under one inch. The Arrowhead could see slightly higher amounts due to lake enhancement.

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Snow totals through Friday
National Weather Service

Sunday’s snowstorm

Saturday remains mainly quiet before a strong winter storm targets the state. By Saturday evening, snow moves into southwestern Minnesota and spreads across southern Minnesota by early Sunday morning.

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Storm location Sunday morning
Tropical Tidbits

Parts of northern Minnesota may also see some light snow or flurries, being on the northern fringe of the storm. It currently looks like the center of the storm could track near our Iowa border. That places the heaviest snow, which could be six inches or more, in a corridor along the Minnesota River Valley, then extending toward Albert Lea, Minn., and Rochester, Minn.

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Snow totals Saturday night through Sunday
National Weather Service

However, any slight shift in the storm track could shift who sees the heaviest snow. All southern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities, needs to be prepared for accumulating snow and travel disruptions Sunday. Winds will also increase on Sunday, especially for southwestern Minnesota, so blowing snow could further reduce visibility at times. The storm moves through relatively fast though, clearing out by Sunday evening.

Northern Minnesota may escape the snow on Sunday but is likely to see another round of light snow Monday.

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Monday evening snow
Tropical Tidbits

Currently it looks like most places will see under one inch of snow with that.

Temperatures through the middle of next week remain fairly typical for early February. Here is the Twin Cities temperature trend through Tuesday, with highs in red and lows in blue:

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Twin Cities temperature trend
Weather.us

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