Look, we've been fooled by Mother Nature way too many times in the Twin Cities to get our hopes up for any significant snow this weekend, but the chances are real and the National Weather Service (NWS) is closely monitoring a plowable snow event Sunday into Monday, followed by the coldest air we've had in a long time.
I mean, just check out the language in today's forecast discussion from the Twin Cities office of the NWS.
"If you like snow and cold then the long term forecast will make you smile. The start of the upcoming week starts off with the potential for a plowable snow as a clipper packing a punch stronger than normal dips across the area, followed by a surge of the coldest air we have seen this winter season."
That's the kind of talk that gets someone's attention, especially snow-starved Twin Citians.
The forecast discussion says the Sunday/Monday clipper could dump a solid 6+ inches of snow. Blowing snow could also be an issue with this system, especially in western and southern parts of the state.
As always, the big question is if the Twin Cities will fall on the edge of the storm's heaviest snow or right in the middle of it. It's too early to say, but model runs have consistently brought the snow to the southern half of the state, the metro area definitely has a chance.
Meanwhile, Tuesday and Wednesday are forecast to be frighteningly cold. All the rage on social media with meteorologists right now is about the intrusion of the polar vortex dropped into the Upper Midwest, making subzero temperatures on Wednesday a "slam dunk," the forecast discussion says.
"As of now, wind chills in the -35 to -50 range are a decent bet area-wide for Wednesday and Thursday," the discussion adds.