Duluth has picked up 102.7" of snow, nearly 3 feet more than normally falls by March 8. I say let's go for a record. Bragging rights! If the Twin Ports see 125.4" of snow that will make this a Top 5 Winter for snowfall. At the rate we're going, another 2 feet between now and mid April seems fairly likely, in my humble estimation. There is 30" of snow on the ground in the Twin Ports and I'm not sure the small glacier in my yard will be going away anytime soon. But wait, there's more? Of course. Because the snow machine is stuck in the "on" position this winter.
Just to put things into perspective, a weather station at Donner Pass, California - high in the Sierra Nevada mountain range - has reported more than 48 feet of snow so far this year. And it's still snowing.
The European model (above) prints out 8-10" of additional snow for much of the Northland by Monday morning, with the heaviest amounts over the Minnesota Arrowhead and North Shore. Most of this should fall Sunday and Sunday night, as a strong Alberta Clipper tracks across the Upper Midwest.
Here is a timeline, a "meteogram" of what may unfold over the weekend, with light amounts of snow Friday, but heavier snowfall rates Sunday into Monday AM. (those longer blue bars at the bottom of the graphic). Check out the details for yourself at Windy.com.
NOAA's GFS model also brings the heaviest snow into the Twin Ports Saturday night into Sunday night, finally tapering during the day Monday, with amounts as high as 8-12". Pivotalweather.com is free for consumers, if you're interested in browsing the various weather models for yourself.
Don't buck the trends, meteorologists say, and the trend in recent months has been for the Northland to experience just the right combination of northern chill and southern moisture, a pattern which shows no signs of quitting anytime soon.
Christmas is over, but hey, let it snow!