First Major Snowstorm to hit with fall totals of 1-2 FEET!

Minnesota snow lovers may get an inexplicable urge to ski Roseau by Saturday. Test out the trails near Thief River Falls?

Some models are printing out 1-2 FEET of snow for the Red River Valley. Residents of the Dakotas and the mountains of Wyoming and Montana may also get a chance to romp in the snow by late week. You remember snow, right?

Deep breaths. Windblown rain ends as wet snow late Friday and Friday night as a major, full-latitude trough of low pressure spins up an intense storm capable of 20-50 mph winds. This cyclone will be a subtle (yet blunt) reminder that we’re roughly 2 weeks away from “Meteorological Winter”, which runs from December 1 to March 1; historically the coldest 90 days of the year.

Relatively mild weather continues this week but as jet stream wind buckle a major storm tracks across the Plains, with rain changing to snow from west to  east during the day Friday.

GFS differs from the “Euro” (ECMWF) in terms of which areas may see the heaviest snow. This far out that’s not unusual. If you’re traveling across the northern tier states from Montana to Minnesota you want to pay attention to the  latest forecasts.

A transfusion of colder air will have much of America reaching for heavy jackets and coats (remember those?) by the weekend, but next week looks relatively quiet and storm-free.


GFS Solution: Red River Valley Snow Blitz

NOAA’s model pulls a  few flurries across central and southern Minnesota, with the heaviest snows (1-2 feet) falling on the Red River Valley. Source: WeatherBell.


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