Finally… 2 months after snow season typically gets underway, we are finally going to get a winter-like storm… meaning that we won’t be dealing with multiple types of precipitation during one event… it will just be ALL snow. And snow it will… in fact, this will likely be the first widespread snowfall event of the season where much of the state and even the region is impacted by the white flakes. This won’t be an epic storm, but it will certainly be enough to cause some travel issues through the weekend and will add up over time… in most cases to a few inches of fluffy white snow.
Here’s the timeline according to our Futurecast. Snow begins to press into the area from southwest to northeast starting around midnight Christmas night and will take about 18 hours to move through.
The heaviest of the snows will likely fall between early Saturday morning and just after lunch. The snow will begin to wind down late in the day and should taper off to just a few flurries by dinnertime. That’s when the MUCH colder air starts to dive into the state as temperatures plummet overnight leading to a pretty cold day on Sunday, especially in the north and west. Here is your timeline for the metro…
Total snow accumulations will likely be somewhere in the neighborhood of 2 to 5 inches in the metro with the most falling the further north and west you are. There will be a higher swath of snow somewhere in the west, likely in west central Minnesota where there could be upwards of 8 inches. This forecast can still adjust this way or that way as the system pushes through, but this looks like the best opportunity so far this season for EVERYONE to receive at least a little bit of accumulation.