The race is still more than a day away – but will the weather cooperate?
Forecasters across the state have been talking all week about snow for Saturday, perhaps one, two, or even three inches. But a quick look at the maps showed the heaviest snow staying well south of us, with less than an inch predicted for the Mora area.
As the week has progressed and forecasts developed, the area predicted to receive measurable snow has continued to shift south. If you’ll be passing through southern Minnesota, Iowa, or southwestern Wisconsin on your way to or from the Vasaloppet, expect a bit of a mess as you travel through those areas. But for everyone here in Mora, no worries; it appears as though we’re looking at only a dusting.
Whatever snow we get is predicted to wrap up by Saturday night, with temps for the day topping out at around 12 degrees, and wind chills possibly dipping as low as -12.
Race day looks clear, but cold. Daytime highs are expected to stay in the single digits, with winds out of the northwest around 10 miles per hour – which could result in a wind chill of as much as -29 degrees.
When will these below-normal temperatures finally break? Nobody knows for sure, but the various models hint at a warm-up arriving around midweek.