Will the Twin Cities bust out of a boring winter weather pattern?

There haven't been many decent snowstorms to hit the Twin Cities this winter.
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The Twin Cities hasn't had a widespread, significant snowfall since just before Thanksgiving. In fact, MSP Airport has only recorded 1+ inches of snow via a single storm system eight times this winter. 

Top snowfall events at MSP Airport this winter: 

  1. Nov. 26-27 – 9.2 inches
  2. Dec. 30 – 4.9 inches
  3. Jan. 17-18 – 4.9 inches
  4. Nov. 30/Dec. 1 – 3.5 inches
  5. Dec. 9 – 2.5 inches
  6. Dec. 12 – 1.7 inches
  7. Jan. 23 – 1.0 inches
  8. Jan. 13 – 1.0 inches

For the winter, 35.4 inches of snow has fallen at MSP Airport. There are certainly areas around the metro with totals that are slightly higher or lower than what the the airport has recorded, but for the most part the big storms have dodged the Twin Cities. 

One could argue that freezing drizzle and freezing rain has been more disruptive than snow has in and around the Twin Cities of late.  February 2019 brought a record 39 inches of snow to the Twin Cities, but the early signs for February 2020 are that nothing major will impact Minnesota for at least another week, perhaps longer. 

The good news, for snow lovers, perhaps, is that the Climate Prediction Center is forecasting slightly cooler and wetter conditions than normal beginning the Week of Feb. 10. 

Slightly cooler than normal temperatures are possible Feb. 10-16. 

Slightly cooler than normal temperatures are possible Feb. 10-16. 

Slightly wetter than normal conditions are possible Feb. 10-16. 

Slightly wetter than normal conditions are possible Feb. 10-16. 

This week, however, looks to remain mostly dry. According to the Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service, flurries or light snow is possible through a couple of weak disturbances that could move through the region later this week, with the possibility of a better chance for accumulating snow around Sunday. 

The weather service warns that computer models aren't very reliable that far out, so don't bank on anything of significance for the rest of this week and possibly longer. 

Not only that, but there has yet to be a prolonged blast of Arctic air this winter. Temps will dip to at or slightly below normal for the rest of this week, but certainly nothing to write home about. 

It's only early February so Minnesotans hoping for more of a winter wonderland still have a good 2+ months to hope for bigger snowstorms. 

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