Deep breaths. Not today - in fact roads will stay dry and cooperative into Sunday for the drive home. Next week? Old Man Winter may finally drop the hammer, treating you to a few white-knuckle, tire-spinning, fist-waving commutes.
And really, it's time. The landscape shouldn't look like frozen oatmeal. A December in Minnesota without snow is like macaroni without the cheese, peanut butter without jelly, Minneapolis without St. Paul.
It's Just Not Right.
This far out timing is tricky - predicting inch-amounts is a joke, but it appears that a plowable snowfall is likely next week as the coldest air of the winter, to date, steamrolls into Minnesota.
Light snow streaks in Monday & Tuesday, but the main event comes Wednesday into Friday as a series of sloppy southern storms track across the Plains. Wednesday into Thursday temperatures may be just warm enough aloft for a wintry mix in the Twin Cities (mostly snow north and west). A second storm pushing northeast may drop all snow by Friday into early Saturday, with cold air firmly in place. It's still too early for any more details, other than to say that snow lovers may finally get their wish the latter half of next week.
Here's a gasp-worthy number: the ECMWF (European) model prints out a low of -17F in the metro a week from tomorrow. Remember, the coldest jabs of winter are usually preceded by significant snows.
Numbing cold lingers into the second week of December with a temperature rebound by mid-month.
You have a few more days to check the tires, plant the driveway stakes - and plan an urgent southern vacation.
* the latest U.S. Drought Monitor update for the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes and Ohio Valley is here.
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