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WEATHER FORECAST

Photo: KSTP Meteorologist.

7 Day Forecast 7 Day Forecast

October 20th, 2020 we are preparing for the biggest snowfall on record this early in the season.  Heavy snow will move across the state with rain in far-southern Minnesota, with the threat of thunderstorms south of Owatonna and Rochester.  Timing arrival of snow this morning from west to east across the Twin Cities initiantes around 8 AM to 9 AM.  Initially it should start off light with a chance of rain or mist for an hour or two.  The storm is then expected to strengthen which will result in heavy bursts of snow from 11 AM until 5 PM before tapering off and lifting northeast this evening.  Snowfall amounts should range from 3"-5" for the most part.  However, the exact totals will vary in a few locales that see the heaviest bursts of snow and depending on when measurements are taken.  Plan on poor road conditions by driving slow and allowing more space and time to stop.  Also, if shoveling please take it slow.  The snow will weigh about 9lbs per square foot and we call that type of snow "heart attack snow."  


The Outlook
A much larger ripple in the jet stream promises to deliver even colder air and another chance for rain and snow showers by late in the week and over the weekend.  This shift in the upper level winds appears to be settling in for a while.  Temperatures most of this week will end up well below average, and that, coupled with measurable snow, is going to make it seem like winter has started already.  

The Winds
The winds should be southerly at 5-10 mph tonight and southeasterly at 5-15 mph on Today.


The Records for Today
Record High 83 1953
Record Low 18 1960
 
Sunrise & Sunset
7:36 AM & 6:19 PM

Have a great day!
Meteorologist
Sam Ryan

Weather

Dave Dahl

Ken Barlow

Wren Clair

Nicole Mitchell

Sam Ryan

Jonathan Yuhas

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