Just as soon as this week's major winter storm exited the region another one is one its heels. The big questions right now are where exactly the snow will fall beginning Sunday night into New Year's Eve and how much there will be.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the same areas that were slammed with 12-20 inches in Thursday's snowstorm stand the best chance to pick up accumulating snow.
This system isn't nearly as powerful as the last, with current snowfall expectations around 2-4 inches in central Minnesota with slightly higher amounts, 4-6 inches, in Duluth and along the north and south shore of Lake Superior. That said, wherever the heaviest band of snow is located could produce localized amounts of six inches in central Minnesota, the NWS says.
Strong winds will also create hazardous travel conditions with blowing snow likely reducing visibilities.
If the storm system slides a bit further southeast it could bring snow to the Twin Cities. We'll have to keep an eye on the forecast as more refined details are expected Sunday.
Dangerously cold to begin 2019
It's already extremely cold throughout Minnesota on Saturday, with wind chills in northwest Minnesota as low as -35 and wind chill readings in the metro area around zero.
We'll warm up to around 30 degrees Sunday before the snow arrives Sunday night into Monday, followed by an even stronger blast of Arctic air with highs statewide in the single digits and teens on Monday and then struggling to get above zero on New Year's Day.
The wind chill readings on New Year's Day will be dangerously low, around -15 in the Twin Cities, -20 in Mankato, -25 in Duluth, -30 in Willmar and around -40 in Bemidji and northwest parts of the state.
This will be the second consecutive year we're dropping the ball on New Year's Eve in ridiculously cold weather. The high in the Twin Cities on New Year's Eve last year was -5.
The Arctic blast won't last long as temps are expected to rebound to near freezing by the end of next week.
Check back Sunday morning for fresh details on where the snow is most likely to fall on Monday.