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Light snow in southern MN Tuesday; more active pattern for the second half of January?

The Twin Cities hasn't had a major winter storm since Thanksgiving weekend.

The weather has been pretty quiet in the Twin Cities and the southern half of Minnesota since Thanksgiving and it will remain that way through the week, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). 

The only impacts Tuesday are expected in far southern Minnesota, where a narrow band of snow is expected to produce a dusting of fresh powder, but no more than a half inch. 

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Once the snow moves through the temps will start to drop, with the NWS expecting low temps overnight into Wednesday morning to dip to zero or slightly below zero. Temps Wednesday will be stuck in the teens before it warms back up above freezing Thursday – 38 the forecast high for the Twin Cities – and then another cool down with temps in the teens Friday and Saturday. 

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So where's all the snow?

Using the Twin Cities as a benchmark for southern Minnesota, only a trace of snow has fallen in the first week of January after 11.3 inches accumulated in December. But December was sparsely peppered with minor accumulations, the largest being 4.9 inches record at MSP Airport on Dec. 30. 

Overall, it's been pretty tame in southern Minnesota since a healthy snowstorm plowed through the area Nov. 26-27. Northern Minnesota has gotten rocked with multiple storms, so it begs the question: When does southern Minnesota get in on the action again?

In the forecast discussion from the NWS Twin Cities, there's talk of a potent storm system missing Minnesota to the southeast Friday-Saturday. So while Chicago might get slammed, there's nothing in the way of a major snowstorm through at least the weekend. 

The discussion says some snow is possible Sunday-Monday for southern parts of Minnesota, but it's still way too early to anticipate any amounts. A note of confidence for snow lovers could be found in a tweet from the NWS Twin Cities, as they hinted at a more active pattern for the second half of January being possible. 

Last winter was even drier for the Twin Cities and surrounding locations in December and January. December 2018 produced just 6.7 inches of snow and January only saw 6.8 inches of snow. But the winter got real in February as 39 inches (!) slammed the Twin Cities. 

As always, stay tuned... 

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