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1-2 Feet of Snow Saturday, Blizzard Conditions Possible - most snow since the Halloween Superstorm?
Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) | 12/10/10 | Paul Douglas - Meteorologist

Posted on 12/10/2010 10:51:55 AM PST by MplsSteve

Latest Storm Headlines

* This has the potential to be the biggest snowstorm for much of Minnesota since Halloween, 1991.

* Potential for 1-2 feet of snow Saturday, with 2-5 foot drifts during the PM hours.

* Close to blizzard criteria - best chance of white-out conditions south/west of the metro area.

* Winter Storm Warning for much of Minnesota/Wisconsin. Blizzard Watch posted for southwestern MN.

* Get your errands/shopping done today, snow arrives late evening, between 8 and 10 pm, snow gets heavier and steadier as the night goes on - should be snowing heavily when we wake up Saturday morning.

* Conditions get worse as the day goes on tomorrow as winds increase and snow accumulates (even on the freeways and interstates). Temperatures will fall through the teens into the single digits - making it a light, powdery snow - prone to blowing and drifting.

* I know this is a mouthful, but travel simply isn't recommended Saturday and Saturday night. Never tell a Minnesotan not to travel, I get it. But the combination of snow/wind/falling temperatures will create truly treacherous conditions. If you run out of gas or go into a ditch tomorrow it could be more than just a minor inconvenience. With wind chill values dipping to -25 or lower it could quickly become life-threatening. Try to get your travel done by this evening, or plan on waiting until Sunday (afternoon) to get back on the highways.

* Wind chills by Saturday night dip down to -20 to -35, extreme danger zone.


TOPICS: Local News; Weather
KEYWORDS: blizzard; coldweather; globalcooling; snowmageddon; snownami
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For those of us in east central Minnesota as well as western and northwestern Wisconsin, tonight and tomorrow is gonna be rough.

Of course, for those of you in the Twin Cities area, you know that Paul Douglas can be a bit of an alarmist in his predictions.

Nonetheless. stay safe and stay warm!

Comments or opinions - anyone?

1 posted on 12/10/2010 10:52:05 AM PST by MplsSteve
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2 posted on 12/10/2010 10:53:11 AM PST by MplsSteve (Governor Mark Dayton? That's so incredibly alarming, don't you think?)
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To: MplsSteve

>>>Comments or opinions - anyone?

2 hrs south they’re predicting only around 5” snow - with the bitter cold to follow... but, if the storm track goes a little bit south, we’ll get what they say you’re supposed to get.


3 posted on 12/10/2010 10:54:32 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: MplsSteve

“* Wind chills by Saturday night dip down to -20 to -35, extreme danger zone.”

Don’t think I’ll be complaining about the rain here in WA anymore. Stay warm.


4 posted on 12/10/2010 11:00:52 AM PST by Ronald_Magnus
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To: MplsSteve

Hey, it’s been pretty damn rough here too. Only got up to 71 degrees yesterday and got all the way down to 50 last night and I doubt it will break 70 today. Throw in a few clouds and it’s downright cold.


5 posted on 12/10/2010 11:03:37 AM PST by umgud
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To: MplsSteve

Much more of this global warming and we’re going to find ourselves in a new ice age!


6 posted on 12/10/2010 11:09:38 AM PST by jpl (Our forebears really gave their lives so we could be groped by bureaucratic retards at the airport?)
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To: MplsSteve

Comments or opinions - anyone?

Why doesn’t somebody DO something about this!?!?!?


7 posted on 12/10/2010 11:10:11 AM PST by DManA
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To: umgud
Gia's gonna get you for that.

Only got up to 71 degrees yesterday

8 posted on 12/10/2010 11:11:35 AM PST by DManA
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To: umgud

I take that back. I see you’re from Ca. Weather is the LEAST of your problems.


9 posted on 12/10/2010 11:13:02 AM PST by DManA
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To: DManA

“Why doesn’t somebody DO something about this!?!?!?”

I’m sure Amy Klobuchar will issue a press release or hold a press conference saying that she’s gonna get to the bottom of this “heavy snow issue” right away.

(sarcasm tag)


10 posted on 12/10/2010 11:13:11 AM PST by MplsSteve (Governor Mark Dayton? That's so incredibly alarming, don't you think?)
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To: MplsSteve

Women and minorities will be hardest hit.


11 posted on 12/10/2010 11:14:35 AM PST by DManA
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To: MplsSteve

They’re telling us up in Duluth that the brunt of it will be a bit south of here. Central Ws., like Hayward is going to really get dumped on.


12 posted on 12/10/2010 11:16:29 AM PST by DManA
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To: MplsSteve
All right, we're ready!


13 posted on 12/10/2010 11:20:26 AM PST by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: MplsSteve

Poor Sven Svengaard won’t be able to do outdoor weather reports for risk of getting buried in a snowdrift!!


14 posted on 12/10/2010 11:21:20 AM PST by MNlurker
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To: Manic_Episode

Does she know how to start the snowblower?


15 posted on 12/10/2010 11:21:28 AM PST by DManA
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To: MplsSteve

biggest snowstorm for much of Minnesota since Halloween, 1991.

The Halloween storm was actually two storms back to back. I worked in a one story box back then with a door on the south side of the building. We literally had to dig a tunnel to get in when we returned after it was all over.


16 posted on 12/10/2010 11:23:40 AM PST by DManA
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To: MplsSteve

We’re doomed like Cancun!!!

“Cancun is hosting the U.N. conference on man-made climate change — amid record cold temperatures”

http://theweek.com/article/index/210181/irony-alert-the-unusually-chilly-global-warming-summit


17 posted on 12/10/2010 11:33:27 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: DManA

The Halloween storm was also the kicker for “The Perfect Storm” off the east coast. A tropical system was slowly moving up the WLANT when it was jacked up by that arctic outbreak.


18 posted on 12/10/2010 11:34:23 AM PST by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet.)
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To: MplsSteve
Standby. A monster of a Pineapple Express(Lots of heavy Rain) will hit the Northwest this weekend. By the time it hits the Mid West and mixes with that cold air - look out.
19 posted on 12/10/2010 11:35:06 AM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: MplsSteve

they say this thing is going to swing through indiana. i can’t find any solid forecast of how far south it may go. some say it swipes north of indy, others say it could get closer to the ohio river. amount of ice and snow i get is going to depend on where this beast tracks. i want a white christmas but i do not want to be iced in for days since we have tickets to the mannheim steamroller concert next week.


20 posted on 12/10/2010 11:40:06 AM PST by madamemayhem (defeat is not getting knocked down, it is not getting back up.)
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To: MplsSteve

Uffda......gonna make a whole lot of retailers unhappy to lose a prime pre-Christmas weekend’s worth of sales.


21 posted on 12/10/2010 11:47:10 AM PST by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: MplsSteve

The kid was supposed to have a hockey game in Rochester tomorrow. We weren’t looking forward to the drive from the Cities even in good weather.

They already cancelled it last night.

The neighbors across the street are coming over for fondue. I have to stop by the liquor store on the way home. It should be a fun storm.


22 posted on 12/10/2010 12:00:12 PM PST by toast
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To: MplsSteve

Hey up here in the UP of Michigan, we got that same warning. I am looking forward to it. Last night we had 5 inches of snow, when only 2 inches was predicted.

Have fun getting the snow taken care of in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Yes we want the snow. minimum of 12 inches has be predicted with blizzard warnings. Yipee. Up here in the UP of Michigan we want lots of snow for the last 2 years we have not had the normal 300 + inches. Milwaukee had more snow 105 inches last year and the year before.


23 posted on 12/10/2010 12:26:55 PM PST by hondact200 ( Obama is Nuckin Futs!!!)
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To: toast

“I have to stop by the liquor store on the way home.”

Thanks for indirectly reminding me. I should stop too. Just a six-pack of something simple...Miller High Life, Coors Extra Gold or something like that.


24 posted on 12/10/2010 12:37:19 PM PST by MplsSteve (Governor Mark Dayton? That's so incredibly alarming, don't you think?)
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To: hondact200

Lots of snow is good for your economy - skiing, snowmobiling, etc.

And it replenishes the watertable so that your waterfalls and rivers are running strong in thespring an ssummer. Dried-up waterfalls and rivers don’t attract tourists too well.

On a side note, I’ve been doing a little early checking around and I’m thinking a UP vacation might be in store next summer. Either the Keewenaw Peninsula or Sault Ste Marie. I’m just not sure where.


25 posted on 12/10/2010 12:47:36 PM PST by MplsSteve (Governor Mark Dayton? That's so incredibly alarming, don't you think?)
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To: MplsSteve

Where is the best place to rent a snowmobile on the range between Duluth and Grand Marais?


26 posted on 12/10/2010 1:26:51 PM PST by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: cornfedcowboy

Perfect weather for Ice Fishing, break out the Auger...4 feet if ice.


27 posted on 12/10/2010 1:32:39 PM PST by BooBoo1000 (" Let go, and Let God")
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To: NavyCanDo

In this area the really big storms come in from farther south. They swoop up through Colorado and drag all that Gulf moisture with it.


28 posted on 12/10/2010 1:33:58 PM PST by DManA
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To: cornfedcowboy

Is that a trick question? The Range isn’t between Duluth and Grand Marais.


29 posted on 12/10/2010 1:36:06 PM PST by DManA
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To: MplsSteve

How about Grain Belt Nordeast? Pretty good stuff.


30 posted on 12/10/2010 1:38:02 PM PST by DManA
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To: hondact200

Jeepers you Yoopers really like the snow.


31 posted on 12/10/2010 1:40:18 PM PST by DManA
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To: Ronald_Magnus
Wind chills by Saturday night dip down to -20 to -35

Sounds like a nice, albeit cool-ish, fall day in Maine. :-)

I know Minnesotans aren't THIS hopeless. I mean, really? They need to be told that going out in whiteout conditions with 2-5 foot drifting snow is a bad idea? File that under "D" for "Duh".

32 posted on 12/10/2010 1:48:27 PM PST by wbill
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To: derllak
First Minesoooota, then it hops over the big lake and hits us.....

Cool.

33 posted on 12/10/2010 1:50:02 PM PST by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: MplsSteve; toast

“I have to stop by the liquor store on the way home.”

I grew up in Minnesota. There were a few times when we got snowed in so bad you couldn’t travel for a couple of days. Our neighborhood would make a party out of it.

One guy had a snowmobile, and I recall him making trips to the liquor store when supplies got depleted. Having enough food never seemed to be a problem though!


34 posted on 12/10/2010 1:57:11 PM PST by 21twelve ( You can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust ... another lost generation.)
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To: wbill

A local talker regularly goes on about “Who are they writing these stories for?” Not just about weather. Newspapers write the most pathetic “advice” stories. You really have to wonder what kind of morons do they think we are?

You must get similar stories out there?


35 posted on 12/10/2010 2:01:56 PM PST by DManA
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To: MplsSteve

Blizzard Warning for NW and NC Iowa now too. Every county in Iowa is under some kind of weather warning or advisory.


36 posted on 12/10/2010 2:14:36 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: DManA
Well, yeah, times 50. I moved to the south a few years back. All someone needs to do is say "Snow" and everyone down here panics. Runs to the store and buys out all of the milk, bread, beer and cigarettes. Schools close for weeks at a time, "Winter Storm Alerts" blare on the TV and Radio. It's pretty chaotic.

Meanwhile, I'm usually the only one who shows up at work. :-) I love the peace and quiet.

True story.... We were having a blizzard that was fairly respectable - 6-8". I *had* to get to the store, for something that escapes me now. There was a guy in the parking lot of the store, he had bought out all of the bread and was scalping it at $5 a loaf. Had plenty of takers, too.

Dunno why, everything usually melts within a day or two.....which is why I live down here, and no longer up there. :-)

37 posted on 12/10/2010 2:16:58 PM PST by wbill
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To: MplsSteve
Here in Southern California, we've got a mild Pacific breeze, about 71 degrees, clear and sunny skies...A bit chilly for me.

Tomorrow in Southern California, were expecting about 76 degrees, clear, sunny with a nice on-shore Pacific breeze!

38 posted on 12/10/2010 2:17:44 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit.)
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To: wbill

LOL, I do LOVE entrepreneurial spirit. Willing seller, willing buyer, perfectly acceptable in my mind.


39 posted on 12/10/2010 2:20:31 PM PST by DManA
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To: DManA
Oh yes, absolutely.

It does bring the saying about a "fool and his money" to mind, however.

40 posted on 12/10/2010 2:29:11 PM PST by wbill
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To: MplsSteve

Please add us to the Minnesota Ping List! We have just moved here from our beloved Chautauqua Lake in Western NY.

So, now there are 147 members and a spousal unit, who is a Freeper in spirit.


41 posted on 12/10/2010 3:01:37 PM PST by jacquej
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To: DManA

Grain Belt Nordeast?

Yeah, I had a bottle of it about two months ago. I liked it.

That’s another good one to consider.


42 posted on 12/10/2010 3:12:12 PM PST by MplsSteve (Governor Mark Dayton? That's so incredibly alarming, don't you think?)
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To: MplsSteve

Firewood - check
matches - check
roof rake - check
booze - check
food - check
shovels and snowblowers - check
mail letters on deadlines - check
cover windshields - check
jigsaw puzzles - check
DVDs - check (three for two day deal)
booze - check again
everybody home and off the road - check
gas in the tanks - check

Bring it.


43 posted on 12/10/2010 3:12:12 PM PST by LachlanMinnesota
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To: LachlanMinnesota

I need to run to the Butcher and grab some steaks if i’m going to be stuck inside for a few days...

(and more booze)


44 posted on 12/10/2010 5:06:02 PM PST by downwdims (It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority)
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To: wbill

I know Minnesotans aren’t THIS hopeless. I mean, really? They need to be told that going out in whiteout conditions with 2-5 foot drifting snow is a bad idea? File that under “D” for “Duh”.


The last snow storm (is 5” a “storm”?) someone from the DOT was on the radio doing psa’s saying “YOUR GONNA DIE IF YOU USE YOUR CRUISE CONTROL IN THE SNOW!!!!”... is it a bright idea to use it? no. Will you die? Probably not.

I predict this storm will be like the last one they predicted. It dropped 0” of snow on is. While we will see some snow, I’d be surprised to see the depths they are predicting.

And Paul Douglas is a global warming idiot.


45 posted on 12/10/2010 5:43:32 PM PST by cableguymn
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To: wbill

Read the other day that Buffalo had four feet just the other day. Minnesota needs to stop crying.


46 posted on 12/10/2010 5:48:20 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (Stimulus ~ Response / "...and that's why the color yellow makes me sad, I think.")
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To: DManA

What about the children?
Headlines in the NYT:SNOW STORMS HIT MIDWEST, WOMEN AND MINORITYS HARDEST HIT.


47 posted on 12/11/2010 4:04:14 AM PST by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: DManA

OK, lets go with HWY 61 scenic drive. North shore drive.


48 posted on 12/11/2010 1:03:13 PM PST by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: MplsSteve

I used to bartend up in Cass county. The drink of choice was Windsor Canadian whiskey. They drank it by the barrels when Winter set in. It was unbelievable.


49 posted on 12/11/2010 1:05:17 PM PST by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: MplsSteve
The '91 halloween storm brought the Twin Cities 28+ inches over 3 days. Right now the National Weather Service has the MSP airport on nearly 15 inches. That would be in less than 24 hours as it didn't really start snowing until after 11pm CST. Don't think we'll hit the halloween record, but it's still a ton of !(*&#*^T&*^% snow.
50 posted on 12/11/2010 1:23:45 PM PST by ejdrapes (Obamacare is both too complicated to succeed and to broken to repair)
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