Wintry weather returns with multiple rounds of snow this week in Minnesota

The dry pattern is about to come to a halt.
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It's been mild and dry for quite some time for most of Minnesota as winter hasn't been too lethal outside of some significant storms that have impacted the northern third of the state. But southern parts of Minnesota will get back in on the action with multiple snow chances this week. 

The first is Sunday afternoon and evening as the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities expects 1-2 inches in the Twin Cities, with slightly higher amounts possible south of a line from New Ulm to Faribault. 

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Another chance of light accumulations, again in the 1-3 inch range, is expected Monday night overnight into the early morning hours of Tuesday, followed by another shot of light snow Wednesday. 

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Here's a look at the radar simulation through Wednesday, courtesy of the European model. 


Temperatures will be relatively warm – around 30 degrees – Tuesday and Wednesday before a blast of cold air arrives Thursday. The weather service says it's possible that most of Minnesota could wake up Thursday morning to temps below zero. 

Bigger storm next weekend?

The more active wintry weather pattern then looks to extend into the weekend as there could be a more significant winter storm in the Friday-Saturday timeframe. Because that potential system is still 5-6 days away, it's too early for specifics, the weather service says.  

All three long-range computer models – American, European, Canadian – show a powerful storm system impacting the region. All three show a slightly different storm track, so that'll be key in determining where the most significant impacts are realized. 

If you're starved for snow and want a teaser for what MIGHT take place, here's what the American model is showing for this system. Again, take this with a grain of salt. 


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