A big storm it was never meant to be, but depending on which weather outlet you followed late last week you may have expected more snow that what actually fell at MSP over the last three days. About a half an inch of snow fell. As always, the progressive forecast provides the objective basis for our subjective assessments. Read on for grades:
FOX: A- As of Thursday night, Fox's weekend forecast of mere "nuisance flurries" seemed out of step with the others. But it was essentially true. Had Fox not joined the snow wagon with a forecast of 1-2 inches on Friday night (thought they noted it would likely be closer to an inch), they'd have aced this little baby.
Strib: C- The Strib was the first, and ultimately only outlet, to mention the possibility of 3 inches for the metro. It also held on to a forecast of more than one inch longer than the others.
KARE: B+ We always find it difficult to grade KARE because their forecasts are always couched in general terms like "there may be some light accumulations." However, they never seemed to predict any real accumulation for the Twin Cities, so they weren't far off.
KSTP: C+ Through Friday morning, KSTP included "inches" in their forecast and generally seemed to hang on to a forecast of appreciable snow longer than others except for the Strib. However, by Friday night, they latched on to the trend of snow staying mainly south.
WCCO: A- WCCO was generally good with this forecast. Their Friday night forecast of a "dusting to an inch" was on target.
NWS: A It was hard to find fault with the National Weather Service this time around. They never mentioned accumulations and never expressed the possibility that this weekend's snow would amount to much.