Skip to main content

Arctic front to bring nasty winter conditions to Minnesota this week

This is Minnesota. You can handle it.

A fresh coating of snow over the weekend coupled with freezing fog that left trees sparkling with rime frost has turned Minnesota into a winter wonderland Monday, but that wonderland will disappear with the wicked side of Old Man Winter preparing to attack later this week. 

Tuesday looks good, but Wednesday will bring the beginning of a rather nasty 48 hours of winter weather. Temps are expected to plummet Wednesday afternoon with the passage of an Arctic front, and the National Weather Service expects lows to drop into the negative 20s Wednesday night into Thursday morning and against Thursday night into Friday morning. 

What's worse is that the bitter air temperatures will feel much colder because of brisk winds. 

"Wind Chill Advisories will likely be needed both Thursday and Friday across much of the area, and wind chill warnings may even be needed Thursday morning as apparent temperatures look to approach -35 to -40 across western and central Minnesota," says the Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service in Monday morning's forecast discussion. 

Subscribe: Sign up to receive our BREAKING WEATHER newsletters

Some light snow could accompany the cold front as it passes Wednesday afternoon, but a bigger impact will undoubtedly be blowing snow. It could be windy enough with enough fresh snow from the weekend system to blizzard conditions. 

"Winds look a little weaker still farther to the south across southwest and south-central Minnesota, but a fairly fresh snowpack of 8-12 inches from Sunday's storm could lead to some additional blowing and drifting snow concerns across these areas," the forecast discussion notes. 

Bottom line: If it gets windy enough or if snowfall amounts with Wednesday's frontal passage trend heavier, the weather service says "headlines for blizzard/near-blizzard conditions may have to be considered Wednesday."

The NAM weather model radar simulation is currently suggesting fairly widespread accumulations of 1-2 inches of snow with the frontal passage Wednesday. 


As is the case with any storm, take these models with a grain of salt and pay attention to what the National Weather Service forecasts as the system gets closer.

Minnesota looks to rebound from the Arctic cold at some point Friday into the weekend. 

Next Up


Omicron fading in Minnesota? Wastewater detection provides hope

Wastewater samples can help predict a rise or fall in COVID-19 cases.

covid vaccine card

COVID: Minneapolis, St. Paul vaccine-or-test rule for dining now in effect

Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test are required.

freight train railroad tracks

Man crawls to safety before train hits his stuck wheelchair

The incident happened Tuesday on Highway 169.

US Bank Stadium

Sizing up Vikings coaching candidates we know about so far

A closer look at some of the head coaching candidates interviewed by the Vikings

St. Paul police

St. Paul: Man called police to report he killed his wife

Police are also investigating a separate fatal shooting in the Frogtown neighborhood.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves survive Knicks' second-half barrage to get back to .500

Karl-Anthony Towns' lay-in helped Minnesota get a win in The Garden.

FLickr - crime scene tape do not crozz

Charges: MN teen shot mom after dispute over meth

The girl's mother said there had been a dispute over methamphetamine.

bad roads, blizzard

No travel advised: High winds, whiteout conditions in NW MN

Zero visibility in parts of greater Minnesota Tuesday night.

holy angels high school j nelson

Update: Holy Angels evacuated over bomb threat, school says

Someone left a voicemail early Tuesday suggesting there was an explosive device.

radio station, microphone

Convicted stalker charged with harassment of another DJ at The Current

He pleaded guilty to similar charges involving the DJ's colleague back in 2015.

Mall of America exterior Tyler Vigen Wikimedia COmmons

10 new shops, food stops at Mall of America

Donuts, K-fashion, model cars — the new tenants cover a lot of bases.

Gophers basketball

Gophers fall below roster minimum, postpone Penn State game

It is "due to internal COVID-19 protocols within the Golden Gopher program."


Screen Shot 2020-02-12 at 7.24.02 AM

Dangerous winter weather as Arctic front arrives in MN

Nasty winter weather will impact the entire state.


Parts of MN in blizzard warning, winter storm watch Wednesday

It's going to be difficult to travel in the western half of Minnesota on Wednesday.

Accumulating snow followed by numbing cold next week

A strong cold front is expected to move through Minnesota on Monday.

Multiple rounds of snow this week in Minnesota

The dry pattern is about to come to a halt.

Arctic front to bring snow to southern Minnesota on Friday

Snow should arrive Friday during the afternoon and evening.

Winter storm to bring heavy snow, ice to MN this weekend

Winter storm watches have been issued for approximately half of the the state.