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No snow, but warmer 'spring-like pattern' forecast for Minnesota

It's been a rather benign winter for the Twin Cities.

Truth be told, it's been a very boring winter for snow lovers in the Twin Cities, and there's no signs of any significant snowstorms in the near future. 

Twenty-four days into February and the Twin Cities has had just two snowfalls of at least two inches this month. MSP Airport recorded 2 inches on Feb. 17 and approximately 5 inches fell Feb. 9-10. 

January was also a snowstorm dud for the metro. Outside of 4.9 inches on Jan. 17-18, the next biggest snowfall all month didn't even reach 2 inches. December ended OK with 4.9 inches falling on the 30th, but only one other storm produced more than 2 inches (2.5 inches Dec. 9). 

Basically, the metro has only gotten one decent snowstorm all winter, and that was just before Thanksgiving when around 9 inches was dumped in a single storm. 

This week, a strong low-pressure system will move through the heart of the country and bring accumulating snowfall to central Illinois, northern Indiana and parts of Michigan and Ohio. The storm track is well south of impacting Minnesota with precipitation.

Snowfall forecast totals through midday Thursday, via the NAM model. 

Snowfall forecast totals through midday Thursday, via the NAM model. 

For Minnesota, pretty much nothing. 

"A few flurries at best will be possible in southwest and south central Minnesota Tuesday and Tuesday night," said the Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service, which adds that after a few colder days Tuesday-Thursday, Minnesota will head back into a pattern with "spring-like" warmth for the start of March. 

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There is a sliver of hope that some accumulating precipitation impacts Minnesota next week, but nothing that far out is certain. In fact, the GFS computer model shows everything staying well south of Minnesota, with the sliver of hope coming from the European model, which has a system bringing rain and snow to the region early next week. 

We'll see what happens, but it certainly looks like we're in for another fine weekend for t-shirts and grilling. 

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