Twin Cities could ring in 2011 with rain

New Year's Eve promises to be a wet, wintry blur.

New Year's Eve promises to be a wet, wintry blur.

Forget being the Blizzard People. The National Weather Service says it looks like folks in the Twin Cities will need galoshes and rubber duckies, and maybe a whole lot of sidewalk sand, as we ring in the New Year.

That fog, rain and freezing rain that's dampening everyone's spirits and turning the snow to mashed potatoes, is moving eastward. But a new storm will be blowing in from the plains that could bring snow with it, or it could bring rain, by the time it arrives on Friday.


That rain will freeze, turning city streets and sidewalks into ice rinks. Here's where to get free sand in Minneapolis, 24-hours-a-day. BYO pail and shovel.

  • 6036 Harriet Ave. S. 6036 Harriet Ave. S., on West 60th Street between Lyndale and Harriet.
  • 1809 Washington St. NE, at 18th and Jefferson.
  • E. 27th Street, just east of Longfellow Avenue near the Public Works gate.

Outstate it's another story. Western Minnesota could get 6 inches of snow, and farther north there may be a foot or more on the ground around Fargo to Bemidji. There are already reports out of Fargo about a possible 100-car pileup in I-94.

This rain is just crazy, but it's just part of a crazy weather year.

  • January rain brought the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships to a slushy end.
  • March 2010 was the least snowiest March in the modern record dating to 1891.
  • In 2010 we had more tornadoes, 104, than ever before. The previous record was 74 in 2001.
  • On June 17, 48 tornadoes touched down in Minnesota - another record. Three of them were EF-4s. Three people died, and there were 45 injuries.
  • The Blizzard of 2010, on Dec. 11-12, was the largest snowstorm on record for December state-wide, and the fifth largest in the Twin Cities going back to 1891.