– Light snow to the north Thursday
– Another artic blast for the weekend
– Cold New Year’s Day
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Call it a tradeoff. The snow has moved out, and now the cold air is moving in.
MSP Airport reported 2.2 inches of snow after Tuesday’s storm, which brings this month’s snow total to 21 inches. That’s the most snow we’ve had in December since 2010, when we topped out at 33.6 inches. That was also the month when snow collapsed the roof of the Metrodome.
According to the National Weather Service, this is already the ninth-snowiest December on record in the Twin Cities.
Believe it or not, the Twin Cities is currently tied (with 1983) for the 9th snowiest December on record. The (3) indicates there are three days of missing data for 2021 (today, tomorrow, and the 31st).#MNwx #WIwx pic.twitter.com/mU58uNZG8M
— NWS Twin Cities (@NWSTwinCities) December 29, 2021
Communities north of the metro saw snow totals between 4 to 9 inches, but the Arrowhead took the accumulation cake. Two Harbors recorded over 10 inches of snow.
The Twin Cities bottomed out a minus-1 degree Tuesday night, which was our coldest air temperature since February. It was dangerously cold Tuesday night above the Interstate 94 corridor and in western Minnesota, which experienced double-digit subzero temps.
Temperatures won’t climb above 10 all day in the metro. Many parts of the state will only be in the single digits. It’ll feel colder, however, due to the windchill.
Wednesday’s evening lows will be warmer than Tuesday, and the Twin Cities will stay above zero.
Temps will warm into the teens and low 20s by Thursday, which is when we’ll see our next chance for snow.
A quick-moving system is expected to drop an inch or less on northern Minnesota.
A reinforcing blast of cold air arrives in time for the weekend. Saturday and Sunday will be in the single digits, but winds will make it feel subzero.
Saturday, in particular, will be brutal. The Twin Cities will be lucky to get above zero.
Temps will move back into the teens and low 20s for Monday and Tuesday.