Skip to main content

National Weather Service: 'Big changes ahead' after gorgeous start to the week in Minnesota

Looks like the bottom will fall out later this week.

The National Weather Service is closely monitoring what they're calling a "powerful storm system" that is expected to impact the Plains and Upper Midwest later this week. 

The word "snow" is being tossed around, but as the weather service says, take everything with a grain of salt at this point. 

"Accumulating snow is possible across the Plains and western Minnesota late this week and this weekend. However, some snowflakes are likely as far east as Wisconsin by Friday night," says the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities, noting that it "is impossible to forecast accurate amounts this far out."

Tab3FileL

Along with all the talk you'll hear about snow chances this week you'll also get plenty of chatter about the potential for much colder air. 

Check out this graphic from the weather service, which calls for temps to soar to around 70 degrees in the Twin Cities Tuesday-Wednesday and then nosedive into the 40s Friday with temps over the weekend possibly hanging out in the upper 30s. The normal for this time of year is 60-62 degrees. 

Tab2FileL

If a snowstorm does impact North Dakota later this week, it could be strikingly similar to what happened around the same time last year when a storm dumped upwards of a foot of snow in eastern North Dakota, including an eye-popping 17 inches in Finley, a small town 40 miles from the Minnesota border.

“To get a foot of snow in October is relatively rare, but it does happen every half-dozen years,” NWS meteorologist Greg Gust told Forum News Service after last year's Oct. 10 storm.

That storm scraped northwest Minnesota, bringing 2-5 inches of snow to areas like Thief River Falls and Warroad. 

Subscribe: Sign up to receive BREAKING WEATHER newsletters

We'll keep tabs on what the weather service is saying the rest of the week and keep you posted with updates to the Weather MN blog

Next Up

MoorheadMurderSuspect

Suspect in woman's killing in Moorhead is arrested

James Kollie Jr. was arrested Friday evening.

Jennifer Carnahan

Former chair Jennifer Carnahan sues Minnesota GOP, which is suing her back

Carnahan stepped down under a cloud of controversy in August 2021.

Minneapolis Fire Department

One injured after leaping from burning vacant building in Minneapolis

Authorities say the building is known to be used by squatters.

ambulance

Head-on crash leaves two drivers dead in southeastern Minnesota

The crash happened in Houston County just before 4 p.m. Friday.

ConellHarris

Charges: Armed man made death threats at Minneapolis LGBTQ bar

The man allegedly used derogatory terms while threatening to kill someone.

image

FDA pulls last COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment as new variants rise

A therapy used to treat more than 11,000 Minnesotans is no longer authorized amid a surge in the latest COVID-19 variants.

Austin Robert LeClaire

Charges: Plymouth man shot girlfriend in head after birthday party

The 23-year-old victim is in critical condition as of Friday.

image

State announces $2.5M in grants for child care providers

Child care providers in roughly a dozen communities will receive funds to help grow the supply of affordable, quality child care.

image

Probe of Golden Valley police uncovers racism, alleged misconduct

One officer was terminated for alleged racist comments and violations of state law.

blowing snow

Blowing snow Friday in Minnesota; will it snow next week?

Winds could gust up to 50 mph Friday afternoon and night.

Deer hunting blaze orange

To combat CWD, late-season deer hunting announced for 9 areas of MN

The special hunts will be held between Dec. 16 and 18.

covid

COVID levels rising in wastewater; BQ.1 now dominant

BQ.1 is the new dominant subvariant in Twin Cities wastewater.

Related

no travel advised North Dakota

First flakes fly around Twin Cities as ND, northwest MN get rocked

The Twin Cities will take a few flurries compared to what's happening to the northwest.

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.

storm, shelf cloud

Severe chances Sunday in NW MN; tropical system to impact metro

Get ready, it's going to be a wild few days of weather.

spring, sidewalk

Minnesota weather: Nice start to the week, wet finish

Practice social distancing if you do head outside.

Warnings, advisories issued ahead of weekend winter storm

Snow totals will vary across the state, with highest amounts in western Minnesota.

Weather service hints at 'very cold' Halloween in Minnesota

Looks like kids might have to add layers beneath their Halloween costumes.

freezing rain

Podcast: Storm to deliver blow of freezing rain to MN

The guys discuss how impactful the storm will be throughout the state.

Multiple rounds of snow this week in Minnesota

The dry pattern is about to come to a halt.