Your Storm Tracker 6 Weather Team has been talking about this powerful winter storm for 5 days and it is now knocking on our doorstep. The storm is already responsible for 0.5” of ice in Oklahoma City, tornadoes in Arkansas and flooding for portions of the Midwest. For us, it all falls as snow. And we barely miss out on the heavy stuff. Most of southeast Minnesota and northern Iowa see 1” to 3” with more to the SE and less to the NW.
Cities just to our south and east will pick up much more than us with some closing in on 10” as one computer model shows.
As of Saturday evening the low pressure is over Arkansas and expected to swing NNE overnight. This puts us in the cold sector of the storm and also the windy area. Wind speeds on Sunday will be sustained at 10-20 mph with gusts to 30 mph possible. Blowing/drifting snow will likely be an issue for some and could be more hazardous than the snow itself.
By Monday a few flurries remain but the cold settles in with highs on Monday barely reaching 0º.
We are also tracking a potent clipper that looks to move our way Christmas Eve into Christmas Day. More measurable snow may be possible. Stay tuned!
Storm Tracker 6 Meteorologist