Upper Midwest: Over A Foot Of Snow Over The Past Three Days
I hope you got yourself dug out from this three-day blast of snow that we had. There were numerous snowfall tallies of over a foot across the metro. The metro-wide winner was 20” in Apple Valley. But the statewide winner was Taunton out in western Minnesota with 21” of snow. Of course, there were drifts much deeper than that!
The official three-day total at MSP was 13.1”, making this storm tied for the 23rd snowiest snowstorm on record, and the second snowiest February storm on record. As the tweet from NWS Twin Cities says, it’s also the 17th snowiest winter on record so far.
National Weather Forecast
On Friday, most attention will be out west with a system bringing heavy rain and snow to the region. A few storms will be possible from the Southern Plains to the Deep South. Lingering snow will be possible in New England with an area of low pressure exiting the region. Meanwhile, light snow showers will be possible in the Upper Midwest/Great Lakes, especially Friday Night.
The western United States will get some significant precipitation attention over the next few days, with 5+ feet of snow for the Sierra and 3-5” of rain for parts of SoCal, including around Los Angeles.
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