Tricounty News

Weather gets more active



By Mark Anthony,

Chief Meteorologist

Weather column: It has been nice to see a bit more active weather pattern across much of Minnesota. The state saw some light to moderate snow Thursday night into Friday. By the time the system exited the state it left from one to five inches of snow across the southern half of the state. The heaviest amounts of snow with that disturbance were down in Brown County where about five inches of snow fell. Across central and west central Minnesota, one to two inches of snow fell.

Then on Sunday, Jan. 22, another low-pressure system moved across Minnesota. Much of central and west central Minnesota had about two inches of snow. However, St. Cloud received 3.2 inches of snow. Hutchinson reported 2.8 inches of snow, and New Ulm and Springfield both reported 2.5 of snow. Lesser amounts of snow were reported around Morris where they received 1.3 inches of snow, and Redwood Falls and Little Falls had about 1 inch of snow.

Drier air reported by Monday, but we did have some blowing and drifting of snow as the winds were fairly breezy. As a result, much of Minnesota had a winter weather advisory.

With the mild temperatures on Sunday, however, I was finally about to get out and do some ice skating. It had been a couple of years since I had laced up my hockey skates and did some skating. It reminded me how much fun winter is in Minnesota and it brought me back to being a kid playing Squirts and Pee Wee hockey outdoors in Willmar. Winter can be lots of fun if you take advantage of it, can't it?!

Have a great rest of the week!

Weather facts: A warm front is defined as the transition zone where a warm air mass is replacing a cold air mass. In addition, warm fronts generally move from southwest to northeast.

Weather history: In 1964, a warm-front pushed across the state of Minnesota as temps rose into the 50s and 60s. For example, a record high temperature of 64 degrees was set at Redwood Falls!

MN AT A GLANCE:

Moorhead Low 13 High 31

Duluth Low 11 High 34

Central Minn. Low 10 High 30

Twin Cities Low 16 High 35

Rochester Low 16 High 31

Marshall Low 15 High 35

Monday, Jan. 23: Partly cloudy and mild, chance of light snow north High 30 Low 20 Winds: SE/SW 10-15 mph. Prec. None

Monday's sunrise: 7:53 a.m.

Monday's sunset: 5:11 p.m.

Normal High: 19

Normal Low: 0

A weak disturbance will push across northern Minnesota and could generate some light snow Wednesday into Wednesday night.

Thursday: Partly cloudy and breezy. High 28 Low 15 Winds:

W 10-20 mph Prec. None

Friday: Partly cloudy. High 27 Low 8 Winds: NW 5-15 mph Prec. None

Saturday: Mostly sunny and turning colder. High 17 Low -2 Winds: N 10-20 mph. Prec. None

Sunday: Partly cloudy and cool. High 12 Low 4 Wind: NE 10-15 mph Prec. None