Above Freezing Temps Possible Today, Snow on the Way

Light/Moderate Accumulations Expected Tomorrow

Monday was our first day in a pattern of warmer temperatures that will remain prevalent through the region all week long.  We saw widespread highs in the 20s yesterday, and we have a great chance of warming up even more today.  It will be breezy, cool, and partly cloudy.  Winds will be out of the west about 10-20 mph, and there is a chance for some light snow showers in the early morning.  Highs today will top out in the low and mid 30s.

Tomorrow, we’re watching a quick-moving clipper system as it skirts its way across the upper Midwest.  This system has the chance to bring 2-4″ of snow into some parts of the Northland tomorrow.  The highest snow totals will be in areas nearest the Canadian border, the Iron Range, and the Minnesota Arrowhead.  It’s those areas that could see the more elevated totals near four inches.  In the Twin Ports, we have a chance of an inch or two of total accumulation from this system.  The further south you go from Duluth, the less chance you’ll have at accumulation of even an inch of snow tomorrow.  Areas of northern Wisconsin look poised for 1-2″ at most, with many areas maybe just shy of an inch of snow.

After Wednesday’s storm exits the region, fair weather looks likely to end the work week.  Thursday and Friday will both come with partly and mostly sunny skies.  We’ll have highs in the upper 20s and low 30s both of those days, which is a bit above average for late December.  After the work week draws to a close, we will really begin to focus on Christmas Day, and the potential for a winter storm to affect the upper Midwest this Sunday.  Our long-range models are not agreeing on the track of the storm, nor is there a consensus on the type of precipitation that will fall on Sunday.  Right now, super large snow totals will require an all-snow event.  Currently, snow ranges are in the 2-16″ range for many areas of the Northland, so confidence is a little low on what actually will happen.  We will have a better idea once we get to the end of the work week as to the nature of this storm, its trajectory through the upper Midwest, and its ability to give us some heavy snow on Christmas Day.

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