By Chris Shaffer

By Chris Shaffer, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — After a fairly warm Friday, things will start to make a turn for the worse.

Friday will start out fairly mild and warm to about 27 degrees in the afternoon, so things will be fine for those who commute to and from work.

Then things start to change. Just before midnight, it will start snowing, the temperatures will start dropping and the wind will begin to blow.

WCCO-TV Meteorologist Chris Shaffer reports that Saturday’s high will peak around 15 and fall below zero for the first time this season by Sunday morning. We should bottom out around -7 degrees.

The wind will be strong Saturday into Sunday morning coming from the north 15-25 mph. This will make it feel like -25 to -35 degrees by Sunday morning.

“What we don’t know for certain is the direct path of the storm system, which will have a big impact on our snow totals,” said Shaffer. “Right now, the models are estimating anywhere from 5-11 inches here in the Twin Cities.”

It will be a lighter, fluffy snow that will easily blow around with our windy conditions on Saturday. Expect reduced visibility, along with blowing and drifting snow, so be careful on the roads.

The wind will settle down on Sunday and we may see some sunshine, but it will only warm to 3 degrees. We stay cool until Wednesday when we warm to the 20s.

Comments (97)
  1. Fred Pfeiffer says:

    Now I know just why AZ was so attractive. The weather here is great. Income tax es lower, sales tax lower. Utilities rates very comparable. Highways not alot of them but in good shape/

    1. Bob says:

      But we have water. Arizona, not so much.

      1. Paleo2k says:

        Growing up in North Dakota we had a saying…’30 below 0 keeps out the rif-raf’

    2. Mike says:

      Folks in AZ hide inside in the summer. Folks in MN hide inside for the Winter. The nice thing about MN is that if you have to or want to be outside, you can add layers…in AZ, you can only take off layers, but you run out of layers and its still freakin HOT!

      1. Gadabout says:

        Don’t forget your layer of bug spray. Damn that smell is sexy.

      2. hope says:

        Warm in Arizona

        I have lived in Mpls most my life and I am so happy to have the heat. At least
        I don’t have to walk downtown Mpls through hampster tubes to keep warm
        6 months of the year

    3. brian campbell says:

      In October its 100 degrees in AZ. and imost of the state is really an inhabiltable desert. Minnesota weather is wonderful . 4 distinct seasons. Great outdoor winter activities. Blizzards can be great fun , Just dress appropriately.

  2. Nikki says:

    Why….do…I ….live here….?

  3. Julie says:

    I ask myself the same thing, Nikki lol

  4. Sue says:

    It builds character?? Or just snowdrifts…..

  5. jack says:

    All you people who complain about the snow and cold MOVE!

    1. Ames says:

      Thank you Jack!! I hate when people complain about the weather….there is a simple solution.

  6. M says:

    Filters out the weak!

    1. David Swinehart says:

      I like your response. People from this part of the USA are the best.

  7. Frances says:

    I’d love to move! I could only convince my husband to move as far “south” as Rochester. Ugh.

    1. Dave Seavy says:

      Rochester weather is pretty close to the same as TC weather. If you want warmer weather, you’ll have to do better than that.

  8. dan says:

    We cant change anything so just enjoy it..if you dont have to drive…just enjoy it…if you dont have to walk…just ..well you get the idea…think of all those wimps who dont get to “enjoy this”

  9. Matthew says:

    It is a great night to stay in and have some hot cocoa!

  10. Mitch says:

    I like the cold. It keeps out the riff-raff.

  11. Pete says:

    Come on people.. Living in MN with 4 very distinct sesons!! It’s great! Just sit back and enjoy.

  12. janna says:

    I once read a saying: “There is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather” …… cold weather is very invigorating and refreshing and can’t the beauty of fresh fallen snow!

  13. janna says:

    cozy wool socks, hot cocoa with whipped topping and sprinkes, electric blankets, fireplaces…. 🙂 …. oh wait, that was a rhetorical question, wasn’t it?

  14. Hoopy says:

    2 things…

    •Forecast translation: we really don’t know how much is coming or where it’s headed, but it’s going to snow and be cold!

    •to all those whiners, there are easy exits from the state in all directions, as well as your local airport. Stop peeing in the pool, some of us like our seasons.

  15. Jeanne says:

    Sounds like a Tom and Jerry weekend

  16. Dottie says:

    I love it, bring it on!! You know the old saying “If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen” well, it applies here. Um, except by heat I mean cold and…er…by kitchen I mean MN. You know what I mean. You catch my drift (snowdrift?)

  17. mark from says:

    Love the Snow, We have a hill down the block from us and this is the weekend to take it on. I did a few years ago and went airborne for 20 feet. The wife said I rolled 6 times and ended up face down in the snow, where I was for a few minutes before I came to. I call it killer hill and a challenge, the wife calls it unsafe and me stupid. Why do I do it, because, because, well I’m not sure?

    1. John C says:

      I had to laugh, Mark. I live in south mpls and grew up here too. There is a great hill
      on about 52nd and Newton ave called “Suicide Hill.” It drops straight down and ends at Minnehaha Creek. As kids, the goal was to get up enough speed to wind up on the creek ice. As a 60 year old man, the goal is exactly the same!! I still hang out with most of the same guys I grew up with and we sled there at least a few times each winter.

    2. Malinda says:

      Because its there?

  18. Joe Dokes says:

    They wear coats. They stay inside. It’s not difficult.

  19. Love cold and snow says:

    We dream of these snow storms. Can’t wait.

  20. Lisa says:

    I can complain about the snow all I want because I hate it, and the cold! But I choose to live here because I was born and raised here, all my family and loved ones are here. To me family is more important, so I put up with the cold, and enjoy the heck out of the rest of the year in this gorgeous state. One thing I can say about Minnesotans… we do NOT take our summers for granted! Stay Warm!! 🙂

    1. Rider says:

      You nailed it Lisa, though I live in Chicago. Family and friends!!!!! Besides, spring is just around the corner, eh?

  21. Rennie McP says:

    After 45 years in “sunny and warm” CA – I LOVE being here – This state has the best people and the weather builds CHARACTER!

  22. Dave says:

    Lots of September babies!!

  23. Don says:

    In short, the winter here in the upper mid west sucks. Period.

  24. Rob says:

    the winter wonderland – we wonder why we are here

  25. Stan Grossman says:

    stop whining, buy a shovel and enjoy the season

    forecast of 12″ translates to maybe 4-5″ if we’re lucky

    weather alarmist media manufacturing stories to get their click count up so the advertisers pay more…what a joke

  26. Chris says:

    I’ve got a wedding in MN on Jan 1st 2011. My wife and I are from Texas. Is it difficult to get to/from the airport in this type of weather? I cant imagine the winter time being a fun time of the year..

    1. Ron D says:

      You’ll be fine. Taxis will still be moving. If you were planning on renting, I’d recommend a larger vehicle, perhaps a 4×4 SUV, if you’re not used to the snow.

      1. John C says:

        Come back and visit during the St. Paul Winter Carnival. Enjoy the parades, games,
        (Softball played on snowshoes/Golf played in arctic pac boots, and other summer
        games played in the snow). There used to be car races on lake Phalen too, but
        I don’t know about this year.

  27. Tim says:

    I’ve read that people who live in Minnesota and other cold climates live longer than people who live in warmer.climates, but I think it just seems longer.

  28. Dana says:

    You might want to come a day or so early, and get a real winter coat. What you wear in Texas isn’t going to cut it. (I’m from Texas too, I know!) The roads are fine, they do a good job of keeping them clear. If you’ve never been here in the winter, just be prepared for cold. I mean COLD. But I love living here. There’s no place like it!

  29. Jerry Lundegaard says:

    my grandma is 102 and she has lived in MN her whole life, so it must be true….how’s that for junior high inductive logic?

  30. Chris says:

    kinda funny that my wife and I are looking locally for places that rent heavy coats and the general response is “rent what…”. Your right we have no need for really heavy stuff down here but when it comes to travelling north we’re unprepared. I’ve been to MN in october and the fall was killer weather. So it seems I need to pack like I’m going skiing.. snow boots, thermals etc, but even colorado is not as cold as MN is during the dead of winter.

    1. SuzK says:

      You might even think about buying at a resale shop–maybe someone from up north moved down and is finally getting rid of skiwear!

  31. Vanessa says:

    I grew up in Las Vegas, NV, and this will be my 13th winter here in MN. I just love it!!! I’ll take our frigid temps over the extreme heat anytime. 🙂

  32. She B says:

    For all of you who totally love it here..see how much you love it when you fall
    on the ice and hurt yourself…..this state very dangerous with the snow, ice & cold.

    Minnesota is very dangerous in the winter. I am from here and have seen enough!
    The only reason I am here is because I am unemployed and cannot find a decent paying job to get out of here. I would move today if I had the money to do so.
    NO decent paying jobs anywhere here and the winters totally suck !

  33. Mark Hubbell says:

    But the mosquitos are not much of a problem during the winter…

  34. Vanessa says:

    @ She B,
    I’m pretty sure most of us has fallen quiet a few times. Heck, I just fell this morning on it. I’ve fallen on it just after having surgery also, and many other times. But you just get back up, a little sore, and just keep going.

    Minnesota isn’t the issue when it comes to jobs, its the economy that we’re in right now. there are good jobs out there, just a lot more unemployed compared to the job openings.

    I hope that something comes your way, and to the many other unemployed people out there also.

  35. Chris says:

    She b, Texas has plenty of jobs and NO state income tax.. The mosquitos are not as big as birds but close..

  36. Lawrencetom says:

    The trouble with Minnesota isn’t so much the weather but too big a population of kooks who vote for nutbags like Wellstone , Ventura , Frankin etc. The rest of the country is laughing at you.

  37. minnesota redneck says:

    As they used to say “it puts hair on your chest!” Or was it icicles? I cant remember any more…brain freeze.

  38. Geoff says:

    Despite the cold, Minneapolis used to be a great place to live. Before Somalia moved there. Thanks federal government!!!

    1. Janette says:

      @Geoff (Despite the cold, Minneapolis used to be a great place to live. Before Somalia moved there. Thanks federal government!!!):

      You should thank your lucky stars your life is comfortable enough to complain about someone else just trying to have a better one. Jerk.

  39. Southwest-Is-Best says:

    4 distinct seasons???? Sure, but not 4 EQUAL seasons….winter is freakin’ 6 MONTHS LONG!!!

  40. One-Eyed-Jacks says:

    It ain’t cold until your nostrils start sticking together………and then it’s just a little chilly………..

  41. Garf Estlinbaum says:

    Texas feels real good right now! No state income tax, friendly people, rolling hills of golden brown, no white stuff, lots of illegal aliens, hard working people, very few crybabies, state legislature only meets once every two years, so the amount of mischief they can do is limited. It is against the state constitution to run a budget deficit….NO DEFICITS ALLOWED!!!!
    No corporate income tax, low and reasonable real estate prices (guess that’s true everywhere now!!!!!) and lots of jobs!!!
    IF you like four great seasons you can vacation in the snow!!!!
    Come on down folks, you’re welcome here any time….but bring money!!!!

  42. UncleBill says:

    It does not get cold in Minneapolis! Coldest I have ever seen here is about -15 or -20. When I was kid living up north -45 degrees was pretty common. That weather was great!

  43. Mike C says:

    It’s a cold day in Minnesota… Mark Dayton (D) must be Governor-elect.

  44. sayitasiseeit says:

    we got a sayin in arizona and it goes something like “ya it’s hot, so just stay away”

  45. Longe says:

    To think people CHOOSE to live in such a hostile climate! Aloha from Honolulu!

  46. tax payer says:

    love the cold weather. keeps the trash down south.

    1. From in Minni says:

      You said it!!!! All the trailor trash lives down South where they can wear next to nothing and go to the grocery store with no shoes!!!

      1. Janette says:

        @From in Minni (You said it!!!! All the trailor trash lives down South where they can wear next to nothing and go to the grocery store with no shoes!!!):

        Just to let you know, the correct spelling is ‘trailer’. You people sure are arrogant (even if you can’t spell) with your elitist attitude and considering you are from Minnesota, isn’t that some kind of oxymoron. …

    2. Gadabout says:

      Well this ex-Minnesotan who now lives in Scottsdale Arizona can take his trash out in the morning in my shorts. Hop in my convertible and go enjoy a round of golf in the morning and eat a lovely lunch in 75 degree weather on the patio.

      I guess that makes me trash, and i love it.

    3. Jon says:

      As a Texan who moved to Minnesota, I can guarantee you the South beats Minnesota any day. Don’t knock it til you try it.

  47. Dan says:

    The Star Tribune and Paul Douglas are saying 1 – 2 feet now. Im so excited, but Maui in february sounds like a good plan.

  48. Dr McGillicudy says:

    Brandy, schnapps etc etc. Its really no big deal if you like to drink.

  49. MNBlitz says:

    Gas for the snowblower, vehicle filled with gas, wood for the fireplace – warm clothes – all ready for shovel and blow the fluffy white snow. Hot chocolate and cookies ready for energy.

  50. sabbott says:

    The Weather Nazi’s are at it again! They are projecting another Snownami! Oh no! How will we live through it? What are we to do? Idiots! IT’s Minnesota and it’s Winter. It snows up here…duh!

  51. Dr Doffenshmritz says:

    We have a saying here in the great white north “There is no such thing as bad weather in Minnesota, simply the wrong clothes”.

  52. Bella Dirche says:

    Here in Minnesota, a warm day is as rare as a warm smile. Indeed, there is a week of summer when the Mosquitos begin to outnumber the collective IQ by a thousand fold. Oh but wait, they are the land of 10,000 lakes…no one else has lakes…right?!

  53. Bella Dirche says:

    Minnesota, the Indian word meaning “purgatory.” It is the destination of those seeking a lifeless existence or to witness the abundance of inbred natives. Don’t abuse your wife nor get bombed nightly…don’t fret…rumor has it a few intellectuals may be found at MSP airport on layovers.

    1. Dr Doofensmritz says:

      did you know that Bella Dirche means inbred feeblemiinded in Lakota

    2. minnterp says:

      It is faux intellectuals such as yourself, Ms. Dirche who have nothing distinguished or intelligent to say who resort to insults en masse. I suggest you find a better use of your time

  54. Lisa says:

    OMG, I am just hysterical right now. How in the world does a winter storm story turn into a political debate???? And why are people so angry that others are venting about the cold. Obviously we all know MN rocks, but there are times when you can vent a little in life! Chill out people… no pun intended.

  55. Bella Dirche says:

    The frozen flatland of Minnesota is as pleasing to the eye as flea devoured roadkill. The norm here is more daily beers consumed than teeth in the mouth. A natural home for the self-loathing and inbred.

    1. Ted says:

      I think you’re actually talking about Arkansas

  56. l says:

    Bella D0uche, your psycho!

  57. USXPAT says:

    I grew up in MN and I miss it every day. As a teenager I had a ’69 Ford XL with a 390 V8 and a Posi-Trac rear end. I threw out the back seat and cut holes in the floor. That was my Ice Fishing House. A killer heater, car stereo and room for six man that car was a blast. I’m sure it’s still where I left her, at the bottom of Lake Minnetonka. RIP “Fish House”


      Pronounced “feschhoooooooooz”! Land of the Sticky O’s!

  58. Malinda says:

    Why do you think there is a small baby boom nine months later after snow storms like this?

  59. Eric Bauer says:

    We wear our wife beaters when we go barefoot to Walmart.

    Shovel some for me. I miss it!

    Former Cheesehead now a Texan.


    THINGS COULD BE WORSE! I remember when I lived up there in the ’90’s I took my young daughter to a HALLOWEEN party on a Friday night and it started to snow. Twenty-four hours later we had just under 29 INCHES OF NEW SNOW! America’s Siberia. Tough, tough people though, and they handle it!

  61. ramblinman says:

    You don’t live there. Also, Minnesotans are passive-aggressive.

  62. Bella Dirche says:

    Just released from the Minnesota Department of Tourism:

    “When an unfortunate twist of fate brings you to Methasota, it presents a challenging opportunity for the ill-fated traveler to embark on a scavenger hunt. Difficult to find items include:

    Non-pornographic literary work
    An ice hut without a self-gratifying drunk local
    Intellectual thought
    Someone happy and sober and with a serum Meth level less than half the fatal dose”

  63. minnterp says:

    Ms Dirche,
    Whatever the cause of your hatred of Minnesota and Minnesotans you need to either stop obsessing on that or leave! Chances are you could find plenty of faux intellectuals and hate blinded urbanists who live in states with nice, unvaryingly warm weather year ’round!

  64. Lars Puppy says:

    how much of the bailouts, bond sales and stimulus went to china?

  65. Pedro says:

    Minnesota has some of the highest taxes, lowest wages and no good jobs (unless you are tied into social services or a non-profit that sponsors people from Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Chicago, Detroit and Haiti…..all with a lot of problems!). So now they spend all their money on social services. No Income because all the high salary companies have moved on (Cray, Honeywell, Unisys, Martin Marietta to name a few).

    So they only have enough money for three or four street plowings per winter.

    Are these politicians from Florida? Do they have a clue?
    They get elected because for that last 30 years Minnesota has had a massive case of Brain Drain. Those that are left over aren’t too bright (Al Franklin for example).

    Not many selling points to put up with and pay top dollar to stay in that environment.

  66. Mike says:

    We move to Souther Californioa. Here in San Diego, we expect the daytime temperature this weekend to be around 85 degrees. Makes for really tough
    sledding, NO SNOW!

  67. Ted says:

    Leatherfaces, Pedophiles and the like live in warm temps. It’s easier to comb the High Schools in a convertible.

  68. Susan says:

    It kills the bugs and the pollen. Reminds us of the pioneer spirit that built this country.

  69. biiljanoff says:

    Now It’s already proved that living in any Scottsdale AZ real state is a safe one and you will not regret on choosing Scottsdale AZ… I’l bookmark this site.. I like this article..

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