Snow starts Saturday afternoon in western Minn., holds off until evening in the east

Updated snow forecast

There are a few stray snow showers in southeastern Minnesota early Saturday morning. Those snow showers will move away in a few hours.

Saturday snow chances

Another batch of snow moves into western Minnesota Saturday afternoon, then spreads into eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin Saturday evening.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) North American Mesoscale (NAM) forecast model shows the potential precipitation pattern from noon Saturday to 6 a.m. on Sunday:

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Simulated radar noon Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday
NOAA, via Tropicaltidbits.com

The snow is expected to hold off until after sunset in the Twin Cities, where we could see between 1 and 2 inches of snow Saturday evening.

Forecast snow amounts are highest in southern Minnesota later today and this evening:

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Saturday/Saturday night snow forecast
National Weather Service

A winter weather advisory starts at noon in Marshall and at 3 p.m. in Mankato and Albert Lea:

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Winter weather advisory (blue) Saturday afternoon and evening
National Weather Service

The advisories continue until midnight Saturday night.

Here are details of the advisory in south-central Minnesota:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN 252 AM CST Sat Jan 22 2022 MNZ065-067-073>076-082>085-091>093-222115- /O.NEW.KMPX.WW.Y.0006.220122T2100Z-220123T0600Z/ Renville-Sibley-Redwood-Brown-Nicollet-Le Sueur-Watonwan- Blue Earth-Waseca-Steele-Martin-Faribault-Freeborn- Including the cities of Olivia, Gaylord, Redwood Falls, New Ulm, St Peter, Le Sueur, St James, Mankato, Waseca, Owatonna, Fairmont, Blue Earth, and Albert Lea 252 AM CST Sat Jan 22 2022 ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO MIDNIGHT CST TONIGHT... * WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches. * WHERE...Portions of central, south central and southwest Minnesota. * WHEN...From 3 PM this afternoon to midnight CST tonight. * IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Slow down and use caution while traveling. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1. Road conditions can also be found at 511mn.org for Minnesota or 511wi.gov for Wisconsin.

You can hear updated weather information for Minnesota and western Wisconsin on the Minnesota Public Radio News network, and you can see updated weather info on the MPR News live weather blog.

Temps retreat

Most areas have already seen their Saturday high temp. It was 24 degrees around 1 a.m. in the Twin Cities, and we have fallen through the teens this morning. Parts of the metro area could rebound to about 14 degrees at some point this afternoon. Here are forecast temps for 3 p.m. Saturday:

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Saturday 3 p.m. forecast temps
National Weather Service

Winds will be gusty today.

Update

This Updraft blog will be updated around 10:15 a.m. with your Sunday forecast plus a look at the week ahead.

Programming note

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