We have been a broken record lately talking frigid temperatures and accumulating snowfall at every turn and your Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is no different. Temperatures plummeted to the 30's below zero in some areas of Minnesota Tuesday morning with the coldest temps in the metro and St. Cloud so far this season. Amazingly enough, many areas were still a solid 10 degrees warmer than their record lows, so it has certainly been this cold before, but it's been a little while. Here are the coldest numbers statewide followed by some of the colder metro locations.
After all this cold, do we get a break? Well, not really. Yes temperatures will rise, but we get to deal with yet more snow and blustery conditions through your Christmas Day. There are still some questions on just how much snow will fall, but just about everything is indicating general amounts of 2 to 4 inches area wide with slightly more or less possible in some isolated spots. Here is what the forecasting computer models are saying.
The first image shows a little less than the second one, but generally in that same range that we are expecting, however the second one is slightly more than the first with more like 3 to 5 inches. The Climate Prediction Center is thinking a little less though. The following images are the probability of experiencing at least 1 inch of snow followed by the probability of experiencing at least 2 inches of snow.
You can see that the area has an almost guaranteed chance at 1 inch of snow, but probability drops quickly when talking about 2 or more inches of snow to just 50% to 70% area wide. This shows that there is still a little bit of uncertainty on just how much moisture will be accompanying this storm system. But you can count on at least an inch with our current forecast giving much of the area 2 or 3 inches, with local spots around 4. Drive safe and Merry Christmas!!!