Here comes the snow! Now, it will not happen for everyone, but a lot us will likely see our first flakes of the season as we go through the weekend. A few flakes were even reported in some isolated spots already Saturday, but it's our next storm that will be the main snow producer. Still looks like some light accumulation will be possible with up to 3 inches of the wet slushy snow going to be a possibility north of the metro.
So here is what one of our computer forecasting models are saying that snow will fall.
This shows a little bit more of a northern track for this storm with accumulating snowfall staying well north of the metro with up to 4 inches of snow in northern Minnesota. I am still leaning to a slightly more southerly track to the snow band which shows up on our futurecast. Here is what it has for snowfall accumulation.
Areas in white generally have at least minor accumulations with even parts of the metro that may get a dusting or so on some of the grassy surfaces. Our futurecast has up to 3 inches in some isolated spots from Brainerd to northwest Wisconsin.
To round out our topic with a look at what other experts in the field of meteorology are thinking, here is the Weather Prediction Center's (WPC) forecast for the probability of getting 2 or more inches of snow from Saturday to Tuesday morning.
The WPC also takes a more northerly track with some of the snowfall accumulation (a safe bet) with an 80 percent probability of getting at least 2 inches of snow for parts of northern Minnesota (mainly with the wrap around band that is expected into Monday). As for our area, more limited chances, under 20 percent of getting 2 inches of snow in the metro. But areas north of the metro from St. Cloud to Pine City and Hayward Wisconsin have a 30 to 60 percent chance.
The timing of this system will be quick, but likely last through much of Sunday. Here is the forecast from the National Weather Service.
The rain and snow begin to move in early Sunday morning and spread eastward through time with the rain/snow line generally through central Minnesota including the metro. Much of southern Minnesota can expect periods of rain while northern Minnesota is getting the snow. Stay warm!!!