Wind, snow, cold in Valley forecast tonight, Friday
Blame Greenland for the St. Croix Valley’s relentless winter weather.
The region is under a winter weather advisory until 1 p.m. Friday as another storm system is forecast to bring two to five inches of wet snow by Friday morning and more unseasonable cold temperatures.
Although heavier snow is forecast for the west metro and western Minnesota, snow and sleet are expected to move into the Valley early this afternoon, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Giesinger.
“The stronger stuff is supposed to be off to the west. We should see precipitation move into Stillwater around noon,” he said.
Griesinger said the region will see a wintry mix to start before precipitation changes over to wet snow. That snow will fall the rest of today and tonight before ending Friday morning, he added.
“By 2 o’clock, Stillwater should see flakes flying. The afternoon will have the heaviest snow. We’re looking at three to five inches,” he said
An NWS advisory said strong north winds of 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph would accompany the snow.
“This will lead to some blowing snow in open areas tonight into Friday morning,” the statement said.
Temperatures Friday morning will be near 32 and rise only to the upper 30s. Friday night will see gradual clearing and an unseasonably cold low around 19.
The sun returns briefly Saturday with highs near 41 and light winds. But rain and snow return to the forecast Saturday night through mid-week with daytime highs in the upper 40s and lows near 32.
Griesinger said the unseasonably cold and wet April can be blamed on a weather system sitting over Greenland.
“We’ve had a persistent high over Greenland and it’s forming a trough over North America. It’s been in place pretty much all of March and April,” he said.
But changes for the better appear to be occurring, Griesinger said.
“It’s starting to break down,” he said about the Greenland high. “It looks cold through the first half of next week. When that high finally breaks down and the jet stream ends its southern vacation and heads north, we should see temperatures hit the 50s.”
Griesinger said even a 60-degree day might be possible late next week.
“MSP hasn’t hit 60 yet,” he said.