WHAT WE KNOW
– The greatest impact will be in southwestern Minnesota
– Very little snow is expected in western Wisconsin
– Timing: Starts Friday morning and ends Friday night
WHAT WE TRACK
– Exactly the highway
– How much snow will fall in the twin cities
– The snow is falling all over southwestern Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) A storm system swirling across the northwestern Pacific is about to hit Minnesota on Friday, leaving southwestern Minnesota with up to a foot of snow, while those east of the twin towns could see no more than a speck of dust.
National Weather Service has dispatched winter storm warnings for counties in southwestern Minnesota and along the border with Dakotas. Winter storm watches has been issued to southern Minnesota, right up to the border of the Twin Cities subway.
Meteorologist Mike Augustyniak says that while forecasters are still gathering information about this storm system, a few things are certain. To begin with, the storm appears to hit Minnesota Friday morning and snowfall during the day in western, southwestern and south-central Minnesota. The snow is expected to stop Friday night.
The storm, which will track south, is likely to bring some snow to western Wisconsin and communities along the Wisconsin-Minnesota border. However, there is still uncertainty about how much snow can fall in the Twin Cities subway.
Computer models currently show the heavy snowfall boundary that cuts through the heart of the twin cities. While Augustyniak says that communities in the subway could generally see about 2 to 5 inches of snow, there is a chance that a significant portion of the eastern and northern subways can only see track accumulations.
Just southwest of the twin towns, snow totaling up to six inches is possible. In southwestern Minnesota, where the storm is expected to hit hardest, it is possible that many communities along Buffalo Ridge may see totals around a foot of snow.
The storm will hit in conjunction with a lot of cold air from Canada, anything but making sure that no matter what falls on Friday, snow remains, not a wintry mix.
After the snowstorm, Saturday looks set to be sunny and cold, with temperatures only rising in their teens. Several snow showers await on Sunday, although the accumulations will probably be less than an inch.