#weatherdad 2/2/18

Today being Groundhog Day, it is appropriate to ask the famous climate scientist, Punxsutawney Phil (he’s as good as most of them), about the long-range outlook for the rest of winter.  Reports are that he did see his shadow this morning, and therefore is predicting 6 more weeks of winter, rather than an early spring.  Although perhaps that is just for his location in Pennsylvania.

For the Twin Cities, we can expect continued cold conditions for the next week.  Tomorrow we should see snow start between 8-10 AM and end before sunset, accumulating only 1-2 inches of powder for the metro, with the most on the north side and less on the south side of town.  We could get another dusting before dawn Sunday AM.  Temperatures should be in the single digits below zero Sunday AM (clouds here Saturday night should keep the -20s in northern MN) , warming only to the single digits above zero during the day Sunday.

Another system slides to our south on Monday, with light snow in far southern MN and maybe a few inches in northern Iowa.  We should get either nothing or flurries in the Twin Cities Monday.

Next Wednesday night an inch or less of snow is expected for the Twin Cities.  Another several inch snowfall event is possible for mostly Iowa and far SW/southern MN Thursday night and Friday AM.  The GFS model has the Twin Cities on the northern fringe, so as of now we should expect little or no snow accumulation from that system.

By the following Sunday (Feb. 11) we could finally see temperatures exceed the freezing mark again!