Reporting Mike Augustyniak
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minnesota has managed to dodge a white, fluffy bullet for most of the winter thus far. But the state’s dry fortune looks to change over the next five days.
“Our luck has run out,” said WCCO meteorologist Mike Augustyniak. “Or it’s increased, depending on how you want to look at it.”
The current forecast calls for not one, but potentially two significant snow events going through the upcoming weekend.
The first event should arrive in the area on Thursday. Augustyniak says the Twin Cities should see flakes begin to fall by the morning rush hour. Snow is expected to continue throughout the day.
By the end of Thursday, central and southern Minnesota and Wisconsin will see an average of 1 to 3 inches of new, wet snow. A narrow band of enhanced snowfall is also possible, which Augustyniak says could bring a few communities up to 3 to 5 inches of snowfall.
If snow totals reach that mark in the metro, it would qualify as the biggest snowstorm of the season so far. But Augustyniak is tracking another system that could take that title away in a matter of days.
On Sunday, a storm affecting the entire region could potentially bring even more snow to the state.
The storms may bring commuters and sidewalk shovelers a few headaches, but they also look to settle the state’s snow deficit.