Snow spreads across Minnesota and parts of Wis. Sunday afternoon & evening

A look at the week ahead

Our Saturday evening snow total was 2.3 inches at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.  I saw a report of 2.7 inches in Burnsville, 3.8 inches in Rochester and a tally of 3.3 inches in Mankato.

The NWS has a plot of additional snow reports here. You can hover over any data point on the linked NWS snowfall map to see the location and time of the snow measurement. You can also zoom in or slide the map to see more snow report details.

Here’s how the NWS 24-hour snow report map looked at 10 a.m. today:

Snow reports Saturday/early Sunday
National Weather Service

There may still be some slick spots on roads. Minnesota road conditions can be found here. Wisconsin road conditions can be found here.

Cold temps!

Skies cleared after the snow ended Saturday night and temps really dropped— into the 20s below zero this morning across much of central and northern Minnesota, with 30s below zero in parts of north-central Minnesota. MSP airport had a Sunday morning low of -7.

A wind chill advisory continues until noon this Sunday in the northern third of Minnesota, where wind chills of -35 to -40 are possible. High temps very late Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening will reach the lower teens in the Twin Cities metro area and portions of far southern Minnesota, with mainly single-digit high temps in central and northern Minnesota plus western Wisconsin.

Another batch of snow

This will be our third consecutive day with late-day snow in the Twin Cities.

Snow moves into western Minnesota Sunday afternoon, then spreads into eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin by late afternoon/early Sunday evening and continues through most of the evening hours. The snow may begin in the Twin Cities metro area around 4 or 5 p.m.

NOAA’s North American Mesoscale (NAM) forecast model shows the potential precipitation pattern from noon Sunday to noon on Monday:

NAM simulated radar noon Sunday to noon Monday
NOAA, via

NOAA’s High-Resolution Rapid-Refresh (HRRR) model shows a similar precipitation pattern, but it also shows a bit of snow in far southern Minnesota past sunrise on Monday:

HRRR simulated radar noon Sunday to noon Monday
NOAA, via

Snow totals will generally be around one inch:

Snow forecast Sunday afternoon into early Monday
National Weather Service

Some 2 inch snow totals are possible from around Hinckley, Minn., into parts of northwestern Wisconsin:

Snow forecast late Sunday into Monday
National Weather Service

Some roads could have slick spots during the Monday morning commute.

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.

Temperature trends

Many locations will see their Monday high temps shortly after midnight Sunday night. Here are forecast temps for midnight Sunday night:

Forecast temps midnight Sunday night
National Weather Service

Daylight-hour highs on Monday will be a bit cooler in most areas:

Monday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Lows Tuesday morning are expected to be in the teens below zero and 20s below zero across most of Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Twin Cities metro area highs are projected to be around 3 above zero on Tuesday, followed by mid-teens Wednesday, mid 20s Thursday and upper teens on Friday

No big storms are expected this week.

Weather nugget

The snowiest January in Twin Cities weather records was in 1982, with 46.4 inches. It’s interesting that 37.4 inches of that snow total was tallied from Jan 20 through Jan 23 of 1982.

Programming note

You can hear my live weather updates on MPR News at 7:35 a.m., 9:35 a.m. and 4:39 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.

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