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.
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.
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.