– Light snow for central Minnesota on Saturday and Sunday night
– Winter storm to bring plowable snow up north Saturday & Sunday
– Coldest air of the season coming next week
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The first weekend of December will bring a wintry blast to northern Minnesota, where residents could see their backyards turned into winter wonderlands, with over 6 inches of snow stacked up.
Meteorologist Lisa Meadows says the storm system will enter the state Saturday evening, moving east along the Interstate 94 corridor in central Minnesota. The Twin Cities metro, particularly the northern suburbs, could be clipped by the storm and see snowflakes after nightfall. However, less than an inch of accumulation is expected in the Twin Cities.
As the evening progresses the system will track north, and snow will fall overnight and well into Sunday. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for the northern third of the state. Forecasters say accumulations of 5 to 9 inches are possible; some areas along the North Shore could see more than a foot of snow.
Travel in northern Minnesota Saturday night and Sunday morning will be difficult, especially as winds with gusts up to 30 mph will whip up the falling snow, reducing visibility.
The system is expected to taper off after midnight Sunday and leave skies clear for the Monday morning commute, though slippery roadways are still possible. Temperatures in the wake of the storm will be the coldest so far this season. Highs Monday will only be in the teens, and it’ll feel much colder due to windy conditions.
The cooler weather looks to last through most of next week. Additionally, more snow looks to be in store for Tuesday and Thursday.