Mark Anthony, Chief Meteorologist, Kool-TV
Most of central, west central, and northern Minnesota missed the bulk of the snow over the weekend.
Southern Minnesota into Iowa, however, once again took the brunt of this system. St. James picked-up 12 inches, Medelia reported 10.2 inches, Mankato had eight inches, and Huchinson reported four inches of snow. This system brought hundreds of accidents across the state.
Across central and west central Minnesota lesser amounts of snow were reported. Kimball reported three inches, New London two inches, and Paynesville reported one inch of snow. Many other locations in the area reported only a trace of snow on up to an inch.
Drier weather returned by Sunday afternoon as the storm system moved off to the east. It remained damp and windy, however, on Sunday afternoon as the wind brought blowing and drifting of snow where the snow fell.
Temperatures were generally in the mid to upper 20s on Monday along with quiet conditions as high pressure returned to the region. This pattern will stay with us for the midweek along with temperatures near average.
A weak disturbance is expected to push across the Upper Midwest Wednesday, Dec. 5. We could see a quick dusting of snow on Wednesday with this system. Much colder weather should return Thursday, Dec. 6, on the backside of this system. A northwesterly flow will usher in some cold air from Canada. Temperatures on Thursday are expected to drop into the low to mid teens for high temps.
We will rebound a bit for the weekend as temperatures will climb back into the 20s. Just to let you know, no major winter storms are on the horizon.
Weather history: On this day in 2001, records show that “an unseasonably warm December day occurred” across the state. The National Weather Service reported that a high of “63 degrees took place at the Twin Cities.” There were also summer-like thunderstorms across parts of Minnesota with the warmer weather.
Weather fact: Thunderstorms are usually a summertime phenomenon. However, in some rare situations, a winter thunderstorm can occur. This usually happens most often near the “Great Lakes Region when a cold front passes over a warm surface causing the instability needed for a thunderstorm.”
Sunrise: 7:47 a.m.
Sunset: 4:37 p.m.
Normal High: 25
Normal Low: 11
Minn. at a glance:
Moorhead: Low 14 High 25
Duluth: Low 16 High 29
Central Minn.: Low 18 High 27
Twin Cities: Low 22 High 32
Rochester: Low 15 High 29
Marshall: Low 21 High 31
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, 20 percent chance of light snow. High 27 Low 9 Wind: WSW 10-15 mph Prec. Trace-.20”
A weak weather disturbance could generate some light snow for Wednesday. On the backside of this system, colder and drier weather will return for Thursday. High temperatures will struggle to make it into the lower teens. Temperatures will return to more seasonable levels by the weekend.
Thursday: Mostly sunny and colder. High 12 Low 5 Winds: NW 10-15>20 mph Prec. None
Friday: Partly cloudy. High 22 Low 10 Wind: SW 5-10 mph Prec. None
Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 24 Low 13 Wind: SSW 10-15 mph Prec. None
Sunday: Mostly sunny High 26 Low 16 Wind: SW 10-15 mph Prec. None