Updated: 02/19/2014 10:35 AM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson
A car drives through a puddle on Tuesday.
Photo: Photo: KSTP/Jim O'Connell
Traffic is backed up on Interstate 394.
Photo: Photo: KSTP/Cory Kampschroer
Tuesday afternoon's heat wave started to eat up Monday's fresh snowfall, creating puddles on the roads.
Afternoon temperatures on Tuesday hit 44 degrees across the Twin Cities metro, even with the very thick snowpack, according to KSTP.com Meteorologist Dave Dahl. "You have to go all the way back to Dec. 28, when it was 47 degrees, to find the last time we had a high warmer than today's 44," Dave said.
Wednesday will also be nice, with temperatures expected to warm up to the upper 30s in the afternoon before more snow moves in on Thursday, Dave says. A storm is then taking aim for southern Minnesota on Thursday, which will bring in much cooler temperatures for the metro.
"Snowfall amounts on Thursday could exceed 10 inches in far southeastern Minnesota, with as much as 3 to 6 inches right here in the Twin Cities," Dave said. "The track of the storm is still in question, so please check back for updates as we get closer to Thursday."
Despite the warm up, the city of Minneapolis is still under a snow emergency. From overnight Monday through Tuesday night, 714 cars have been towed; that number is expected to grow with Wednesday being day three of the snow emergency.
Although the warmer weather is much welcomed, it caused some problems for drivers in the Twin Cities metro Wednesday morning. Below-freezing temperatures overnight led to icy roads in some areas of the metro.
For the weekend, afternoon highs are expected to hit only in the teens, and overnight lows are expected to drop to the single digits to near zero in many areas.