One day after a blizzard belted Minnesota, here comes the second blow of a winter 1-2 punch – more wind and snow are on the way for many in the state.
The Twin Cities can expect snow overnight tonight, with another fresh 1-3 inches by Saturday morning, the National Weather Service says, with 2-4 inches in other parts of the state.
A winter weather advisory in effect from midnight to 6 p.m. Saturday, sums it up: "Another burst of snow and wind is expected tonight into Saturday when another system drops down out of Canada. Far western and southern Minnesota will only see an inch or two of snow ... but winds between 30 and 45 mph are expected on Saturday creating areas of blowing and drifting snow. Farther north and east ... near the I-94 corridor ... blustery winds and a few inches of new snow could make for difficult travel tonight into Saturday."
Really, more snow?
Here's a little context: Wednesday marked the official mid-point of winter. And so far this winter, 22.8 inches of snow has fallen at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, where the winter average is 54 inches a year (67.7 inches fell last year), the Pioneer Press reports.
As MPR's Paul Huttner puts it, "Milder, more typical winter temps and fresh snow cover will make for an excellent winter weekend for enjoying our winter landscape." Why not make an igloo? MPR has some amazing images of the blizzard this week in Fargo-Moorhead, including some cool backyard igloo pics.
Much of Minnesota will shake off the chill Sunday, when it will be near 32 degrees in the metro. It should be pretty nice in many areas around the state for Take-A-Kid-Ice-Fishing Weekend Saturday through Monday. Minnesota adults can fish without a license if they're fishing with anglers 15 or younger.
Early next week, more winter whiplash: After a Sunday warm-up, temperatures will plummet again Monday and Tuesday in much of Minnesota.
Here's a quick glimpse around the state:
Duluth – Saturday: 40 percent chance of snow before 11 a.m. Mostly cloudy, a high near 21. Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 22, low of 0.
St. Cloud – Friday night, 2-4 inches of snow. Saturday: High 19, low 16. Sunday: High near 27, low 1.
Thief River Falls – Friday night: 2-4 inches of snow. Saturday: Mostly cloudy, blustery, high near 20. Sunday: Mostly sunny, a high near 18, low -2.
Austin – Friday night: Wind chill values as low as -12, less than an inch of snow. Saturday: 1-3 inches of snow, windy, high near 26. Wind chill values as low as minus-3. Sunday: Sunny, high near 33. Wind chill values as low as -1.