A White -and Rainy- Christmas
sledders on Rochester's Judd Hill enjoying latest snow-photo by Kim David/Townsquare Media
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - The Rochester area received a few more inches of snow Friday, leading to problems for motorists, delivery companies and last minute shoppers.
And it was very wet snow, which made it tough to shovel and/or blow.
Rochester’s official total at the city airport weather station was 3.6 inches. That raised the monthly total to 19.7 inches. That's more than four times the amount that had fallen by this time a year ago and is 10 inches above the December average. That has also put this month into the top ten snowiest Decembers on record. Despite warmer weather that is expected Sunday, it's likely the Rochester area will experience a white Christmas.
Rain - not snow - is in the immediate forecast.
The next weather system to move into southeast Minnesota is expected to produce freezing rain early Sunday (after Santa Claus has made his rounds!) and then become all rain as temperatures rise to 40 degrees. Rain is expected to continue into Sunday evening and a thunderstorm could develop. It will also become very windy.
It will be cooler Monday and Tuesday but high temps could rise back into the 30s on Wednesday.