WHAT WE KNOW
– Strong winds on Friday at 25+ mph can lead to visibility problems, especially to the west and north
– A much colder weekend is expected to follow the Friday snow.
– More snow possible Saturday to Sunday morning
WHAT WE DON’T KNOW
– How much snow falls on Saturday night to Sunday
– How long will snow stay warm next week
WEATHER RESOURCES: WCCO Weather App | School closures | Live radar
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The first snowfall of the season is barely over, and there is already another storm system on its way in. WCCO TV meteorologists say the next weather forecast begins Saturday afternoon, with possible snowfall in the evening.
Snow-covered roads are likely Saturday night to Sunday morning, when central Minnesota will see the highest snow accumulation totals, according to meteorologist Mike Augustyniak.
The day starts quietly with some sunshine breaks in the morning. Temperatures will remain in the 30s all day, but a system appears to be falling over Minnesota, starting around 6 p.m. 15.00, and somewhat more stable, heavier snow can fall between kl. 21:00 and at 02.00 Sunday.
Twin Cities is right on the border of the predicted snowfall, says Augustyniak. Currently, the models place the belt north of the Interstate 94 corridor, and while the southern subway could see under an inch of snow, the northern subway could see up to 3 inches. Four to five inch accumulation is possible in central Minnesota.
On average, the twin cities see their first one-inch snowfall around November 16th.
Twin Cities saw some flakes Friday morning, though the snow did not stick to the roads.
There was more accumulation north as totals peaked at 3 inches in Nevis, according to WCCO’s Weather Watchers. At 8 a.m., northern Minnesota saw the largest accumulation with 2.3 inches reported in the Deer River and 2.7 inches in the Fifty Lakes. But further south, Becker’s Weather Watchers reported 0.7 inches, while only 0.1 inches fell in Faribault.
❄️ Kl. 08.00 SNOWFALL TOTALS ❄️ from your neighbors in @WCCO The Weather Watcher Network shows that the first widespread snowmaker was well behaved; no surprises here.😉 @KatieSteinerTV & I already track the next one; join us anytime on CBSN #MNwx #WIWx pic.twitter.com/i7HTOGfuq5
– Mike Augustyniak (@MikeAugustyniak) November 12, 2021
Roads were quite slippery throughout the metro area and more in other parts of the state. The Minnesota State Patrol reports that there were several crashes and vehicles off the road Friday morning, with the majority of them along Interstate 94. The patrol said several crashes involved semi-trucks.
Between 22.00 Thursday and Friday at At 10 a.m., the State Patrol responded to seven accidents in western and central Minnesota, three of which had non-life-threatening injuries. Troopers also said 18 other cars slipped off the road, reporting nine jack-knifed semi.
In St. The Cloud region officers responded to 11 accidents, four of which resulted in non-life-threatening injuries. There was an accident with a pickup truck pulling cattle, but no one was injured.
In St. Louis County soldiers were called to an incident involving at least four separate vehicles and involving at least one death.
WC MN – Troopers are responding to several accidents and vehicles slipping off the road this morning. I94 has the majority of them. Several of them include semi. No damages. This image I94 WB mp23 (Barnesville) is blocking the right lane. It’s slippery and windy – slow down pic.twitter.com/LF8hN1iNsF
– Sgt. Jesse Grabow (@MSPPIO_NW) November 12, 2021
Wednesday, the first phase of the storm brought soaking rain over Minnesota before stopping along the North Shore. This halted vortex led to a clearing over large parts of the state Thursday morning. On Thursday, areas in the north experienced more significant snow totals and some accumulation, especially in grassy areas.
Melting next week?
Although the weekend will be cool, temperatures will return on Tuesday, with altitudes expected to be above average. This means that all the snow that falls in the twin towns (or other parts of the state) will almost certainly melt, as even overnight temperatures will be above freezing.
In addition, there appears to be sunshine on Tuesday and Wednesday.
At least a dozen school districts in the state have indicated delayed start times for Friday. For more information on school closures, click here.