Light snow tomorrow afternoon with slower Wednesday evening commute, bitter cold by the weekend

Here’s your Tuesday evening forecast for January 9, 2024 from Minnesota’s Weather Authority and Meteorologist Wren Clair.

Good evening! High temperatures today were again above average across eastern Minnesota, with a high of 31° for the Twin Cities. However, with breezy northwesterly winds and colder temperatures in place across western Minnesota, it’s feeling like a few degrees below zero across most of western Minnesota this evening (and like the upper-teens across most of eastern Minnesota). Fortunately winds continue to lighten overnight, but temperatures tonight will be cooler across Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Some freezing drizzle is possible this evening across northeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin, with isolated slick spots possibly developing.

Otherwise our attention turns to our next storm system building in from the Dakotas. Snow enters western Minnesota first into Wednesday morning, developing eastward into the west metro by late morning and the lunch hour. Scattered (mainly light) snow stays in the forecast throughout tomorrow afternoon through early Thursday morning. A COATING TO TWO INCHES looks likely across Minnesota and western Wisconsin by early Thursday morning, with isolated 3″ totals.

Wednesday evening’s commute could be slower and slick, as well as Thursday morning’s commute.

More snow is possible on Friday PM into Saturday, but right now the steadier snow sets up southeast and east of the Twin Cities. Potential track changes are possible with the Friday/Saturday system that could impact snow totals, so you’ll want to stay up to date with the forecast.

Arctic air arrives this weekend, and with breezy winds, weekend wind chills could be dangerous across parts of western Minnesota Saturday through Monday. In the Twin Cities, it could feel like -15° to -25° through most of Sunday and Monday. Plan for weekend indoor activities and make sure you have extra warm layers, handwarmers, blankets etc, available in your car.

Have a wonderful night!