Brutal cold eases Friday afternoon, then comes snow

snow start
Timing of the start of snow Friday evening
National Weather Service

By late Friday afternoon, most of the state should see temperatures in the teens, with some 20-degree readings in western Minnesota. Three clipper systems begin to sweep in Friday, bringing stretches of snow through Monday.

Bitter cold recedes

While not quite a big warm up, we get a break from the bitter cold at least. If you were hoping for a repeat of Tuesday’s 42 degrees, I must disappoint.

We’re not quite seeing warm air stream in, but rather the core of the cold move out of the area, allowing a modification of temperatures across the state, for now.

Cold departs
Coldest air departs the region for now
College of DuPage Weather

Minnesota, however, will see highs in the teens later Friday and through the weekend into Monday. Readings in western and northwestern Minnesota are already 20 to 30 degrees warmer than just 24 hours ago as temps went up through the night in those areas.

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24 hour temp change
Change in temperatures the past 24 hours
Pivotal Weather

With the coldest of air moving just off to our north and east, this allows the jet stream to move overhead again. This will bring three separate systems through the region at rapid speed as the winds aloft (30,000 feet) will be up to 100 mph or more at times.

Generally these clipper systems will bring light snowfall, but the third one on Monday will have more moisture and linger a little longer.

Jet stream
Jet stream over the next few days
College of DuPage Weather

The timing of these systems will each be mainly evening and overnight. The first arrives early afternoon Friday in western Minnesota, and about 6 p.m. in the Twin Cities. Expect several hours of light snow, ending by midnight.

The second comes Saturday evening and the third later in the night Sunday night, lingering into early Monday morning.

Snow train
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Global Forecast System computer model Friday through Monday
College of DuPage

Friday night and Saturday night’s snowfalls will be relatively light with amounts around 1 inch in the Twin Cities area, though northern Minnesota could see a few spots of 2 and 3 inches.

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NOAA North American Mesoscale Forecast System model snowfall Friday night
Pivotal Weather
Sat night NAM snowfall
NOAA NAM model Saturday night snowfall
Pivotal Weather

Behind Monday’s snowfall, which could yield more than 2 inches and mess up the Monday morning commute, we’ll see another blast of arctic air for Tuesday and Wednesday. We could even see temperatures back to around minus 10 in the early morning Tuesday or Wednesday.

Wind chills Tuesday
Wind chills early Tuesday morning
Pivotal Weather

After that there are signs of a significant warmup. The climate prediction center is forecasting odds of normal or above-normal temperatures in the 8 to 14 day outlook.

8 to 14 day outlook
Climate Prediction Center's 8 to 14 day outlook
NOAA via pivotal weather

Hold on folks!