Weather column: Our active weather pattern continues across the Midwest and the Upper Midwest. A blizzard hit much of North Dakota and parts of South Dakota Sunday into Monday. Parts of northern Minnesota were also under a blizzard warning and a winter storm warning from Sunday into Monday.
Snow and blowing snow reduced visibility across much of northern Minnesota on Monday. Most of Central and West Central Minnesota were under a winter weather advisory because of lighter amounts of snowfall on Monday along with blowing snow.
Another significant snowstorm will push across the Central Plains and parts of the Upper Midwest late Wednesday into Thursday and early Friday. This weather disturbance could bring some heavy snow across extreme southern Minnesota where six- to eight-inches of snow could fall. Much of Central Minnesota and West Central Minnesota could pick up three inches of snow from late Wednesday into Thursday. The winds will also be fairly breezy and will likely reduce visibility.
By late into the weekend and next Monday the computer models are picking up a third snow storm this week that could impact the Upper Midwest. It is too early to tell the exact track of this storm, but it is worth mentioning and keeping an eye on it for you.
February has been an active month for snowfall!
Weather history: On this date in 1982, the first of two winter storms that would impact much of Minnesota where it left 17 inches of snow in Minneapolis. It would be outdone, however, just two days later by another winter storm!
Weather fact: The biggest clouds are cumulonimbus, climbing up to six miles high and holding up to half a million tons of water.
MN AT A GLANCE:
Moorhead Low -19 High 5
Duluth Low -19 High 17
Central Minn. Low -19 High 5
Twin Cities Low -9 High 9
Rochester Low -11 High 8
Marshall Low -14 High 14
Monday, Feb. 18: Partly cloudy. High 5 Low -4 Winds: NE/E 5-15 mph Prec. None
Monday’s sunrise: 7:16 a.m.
Monday’s sunset: 5:55 p.m.
Normal High: 27
Normal Low: 7
Our active weather pattern will continue for much of the week and possibly into the late weekend. More snow and breezy conditions could make for some slick roads at times. Keep alert for changing weather conditions.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy to cloudy, 50-percent chance of snow. High 13 Low 6 Winds: E 10-15 mph Prec. .10”-.30”
Friday: Mostly cloudy to cloudy, 60-percent chance of snow. High 22 Low 11 Winds: E/SE10-15 mph Prec. .10”-.20”
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, fog possible early. High 23 Low 4 Winds: W/NW 5-15 Prec. None
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, 50-percent chance of light snow–mainly late. High 24 Low 15 Wind: E 5-10 mph Prec. Trace-.20”