'Q' Comes After You: Winter Storm to Leave 3–6 Inches of Snow on Fridley
'Winter Storm Q' will be worse south of MN but the Twin Cities will still see substantial snow overnight Thursday.
The storm that dropped wet gloppy snow on Tucson, AZ on Wednesday will really sock it to the Midwest Thursday and Friday—but mostly south of Minnesota, forecasters say, with a maximum of six inches falling on Fridley.
What the Weather Channel is calling "Winter Storm Q" will arrive around midnight Thursday. Snow will continue through Friday, tapering off in the afternoon.
The National Weather Service doesn't name winter storms, but the NWS does issue Winter Storm Advisories. There is one such advisory for a large are of Minnesota that includes Fridley, starting at midnight Thursday and remaining in effect through 6 p.m Friday.
The National Weather Service's Winter Storm Advisory goes like this:
MORE ACCUMULATING SNOW FOR THE AREA THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY...
ACCUMULATING SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP BY THURSDAY EVENING OVER SOUTHERN MINNESOTA AND LIFT NORTHEAST ACROSS CENTRAL MINNESOTA AND INTO WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN AFTER MIDNIGHT. SNOWFALL TOTALS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES ARE EXPECTED TO OCCUR FROM EAST CENTRAL AND SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
THE ACCUMULATING SNOW IS EXPECTED TO SLOWLY TAPER OFF FRIDAY AFTERNOON. ...
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT THURSDAY NIGHT TO 6 PM CST FRIDAY.
* TIMING: SNOW DEVELOPING LATE THURSDAY EVENING AND CONTINUING THROUGH FRIDAY.
* MAIN IMPACT: SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 5 INCHES THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.