Skip to main content

Details on expected snowfall through Tuesday, brutally cold wind chills later this week

The highest totals look to be in places like Walker, Grand Rapids and Duluth.

An active weather pattern will bring chances of snow to Minnesota over the next week or two, beginning with two waves of snow Monday (today) and Tuesday. 

The forecast details haven't changed much, but the National Weather Service (NWS) has toyed with the snowfall forecast a little bit, actually reducing amounts forecast for the metro area to a few inches, generally speaking. That's down from their forecast of 4-6 inches, although some isolated locations in the metro could wind up with that much. 

The highest amounts are expected in central and northeast Minnesota, where 6-8 inches of snow is possible in places like Walker, Grand Rapids and Duluth. 

Amounts are expected to be lower, 2-4 inches, from St. Cloud through the Twin Cities, generally speaking, and then a bit higher (3-6 inches) in southeast Minnesota. 

Screen Shot 2019-01-21 at 6.13.54 AM

Don't be surprised to see the snowfall map change between now and Tuesday, which is when the bulk of the snow will fall in southern parts of the state.

The first wave of snow will impact west-central Minnesota this morning and then trek east-northeast into central and east-central Minnesota this afternoon. That'll be followed by a break in the snow before more develops this evening, according to the NWS. 

Here's the American computer model (GFS) showing snow through about 12 a.m. Wednesday. 


Extremely cold starting Thursday

An Arctic cold front will blast through Minnesota late Wednesday and Thursday. The coldest air of the season will be ushered in behind it, with wind chill values Thursday night dropping to 30-50 below zero in most of Minnesota, although slightly warmer in the metro area where the wind chill could be anywhere from -25 to -35. 

There won't be much snow associated with the cold front, but strong winds will blow around the light snow that falls Monday/Tuesday and could prompt blizzard warnings in western and southern Minnesota. 

Screen Shot 2019-01-21 at 6.15.11 AM

There could be multiple cold fronts diving through Minnesota out of Canada after the first one arrives later this week, and with each front will come chances of snow and blasts of cold air. 

Just look at the 10-day temperature forecast for St. Cloud in the graphic below. The rest of January is going to be frigid with overnight lows (green bars in the image) well below zero pretty much every night. 


Next Up

Police tape

3 arrested after homicide, burglary in Inver Grove Heights

Charges of first-degree murder and first-degree burglary are pending.

fire, firefighter

Woman dies after becoming trapped in Waseca house fire

Police tried to enter the home but heavy smoke prevented them from getting inside.


1 dead, 2 with life-threatening injuries in Minnesota crash

The crash happened just after 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Image (1)

School bus carrying students plunges into river southwest of Fargo

None of the kids suffered life-threatening injuries, though some were taken to area hospitals.

Richfield High School

Richfield High School cancels weekend events after shooting

Two men were shot outside the school's football stadium

Screen Shot 2022-09-23 at 10.21.38 PM

Sound of shots, mass panic at Richfield football game streamed live on YouTube

Gunfire caused panic at a varsity football game Friday night.

J. Gordon

K-9 search leads to $36K fentanyl seizure during traffic stop

A traffic stop was made after the vehicle was seen speeding through the area.

Screen Shot 2022-09-23 at 5.20.08 PM

Gov. Walz reacts to Tuesday death of Mankato West student

The governor is a former geography teacher at the high school.

court room

Teen pleads guilty to Minneapolis carjacking, admits to others

The man was yanked out of the vehicle by witnesses before fleeing the scene.

Federal court house

Three plead guilty to roles in murder on Red Lake Reservation

The 2019 murder left another person seriously injured.



Here's a list of snowfall totals across Minnesota

Belle Plaine is leading the way with nearly 13 inches of snow!

Snowstorm hits Sunday, Monday; barbaric cold follows

Wind chill values will be insane Tuesday-Friday.

Quick shot of snow to be followed by cold snap next week

A cold front is expected to push through around Monday.

New Year's Eve weather: Snow, blowing snow and very cold

You might want to cozy up next to a fireplace on New Year's Eve.

Arctic cold arrives: Temps, wind chills to nosedive through Thursday

The coldest of the cold will be from Tuesday evening through Wednesday.


Here's a list of snowfall totals: Rochester area was pounded

Rochester is now over 70 inches of snow this winter.

Quick shot of snow mid-week and no real warmup in sight

Thursday's commute to work and school could be slick.