I heard so many complaints on Sunday that wind was ruining the warmest day of the year! I’m going to go on a little rant here before I break down the real reason we will be complaining again! I do understand the frustration though, we finally have a warm day and it is kind of ruined thanks to how windy it was. Can we buy a quiet, mild day? Keep reading!
We just went (and could still be) going through one of the coldest and longest winters on record and we finally for the first time in 134 days hit the 50s, but yet there were so many people saying how awful Sunday was. I agree, it would have been better if the winds would have calmed down a bit, but man. Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is, if Sunday bothered you don’t look at the seven day forecast.
Monday morning could feature some showers and maybe an outside shot to hear a rumble of thunder, but I don’t think we will see a washout thanks to us being in the “dry-slot” of the system. On/off showers will be possible through the afternoon, but they will be light and short-lived if anything.
The reason for our very windy Sunday and our much earned warm-up is a developing storm to the west of us. (Shown above).
This storm will pack the potential to bring 1-2 FEET of snow to the parts of the Dakotas and extreme NW Minnesota. We may get some light rain out of the deal come late Monday morning as mentioned, and few on/off stray showers for the remainder of the day, but we will be dodging the snow. Blizzard Warnings are in effect as high winds will be a common theme throughout the region.
Other than a few wet snowflakes, maybe as much as to coat the grass, snow won’t be the issue with this one. What will be is the continued persistent gusty winds followed by a HUGE temperature crash Monday night into Tuesday. Late Monday evening before a strong cold front arrives, temperatures will be in the mid to upper 50s. By the time Tuesday morning rolls around, air temps would have dropped into the teens to low 20s WITHOUT the wind factored in. Wind chills could approach ZERO degrees Tuesday morning with wind chills staying around 20 Tuesday afternoon. Below is a representation to show how strong and how extreme temperature changes will be Monday evening into Tuesday morning.
We are also tracking a system for Wednesday. The current system I mentioned will supply the cold air for a potential system to work with Wednesday into Friday. We will be watching for the potential for accumulating snow that day, but everything will depend on the track it takes. Keep checking back for more as exact details are hazy this far out as we will fine tune timing and track issues as this week goes on.
The other thing I want to add is and I really do hate being a Debbie Downer on such a nice day, is that there is still a good snow pack in Canada. That is significant for us in the sense that these cold air masses that come out of Canada will stay well insulated keeping their chilly characteristics further than south than than they would if there was no snow on the ground. It does appear in the longer range that we will get back into a cooler pattern. After Monday 50s may be hard to come by for awhile and they may even be more snow chances as we head through the next couple of weeks.