St. Cloud In Line For First Big Snowfall of 2020

St. Cloud In Line For First Big Snowfall of 2020 Click to Enlarge Photo: KNSI News

(KNSI) - Forecasters are predicting the first significant snowfall of 2020 this weekend.

Meteorologist Jacob Beitlich with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen says it's still early, but they can tell it's going to pack a punch.

"We know that it's a pretty big system. We know temperatures are going to be cold enough where we are not going to be dealing with any mixed precipitation so, it's going to be all snow, it's going to be a big system, and it looks like it's going to be slow-moving. I think when it's all said and done, we could see several inches of snow."

He's expecting the St. Cloud area to see anywhere from six to twelve inches of snow, but that could change over the next couple of days.

The other factor will be the wind.

"When the snow is falling on Friday, we're going to have southeast winds of around 20 to 30 miles per hour. Then as the storm passes through, the winds will come out of the northwest on Saturday at around 30 to 35 miles an hour. In addition to the falling snow, you're going to have to worry about some blowing snow if you're out on the roads."

Beitlich says the St. Cloud area is in an active weather pattern and could see around two to three inches of snow on Wednesday, followed by temperatures of 10 below zero.