Tricounty News

Lack of snow and mild temperatures

By Mark Anthony,

Chief Meteorologist

As the trend has been pretty much this entire winter, there is a chance of one to two inches of snow across southern Minnesota Wednesday into Wednesday night. On Monday, a similar storm track brought one to two inches of snow in that same part of the state. All across central and northern Minnesota the lack of snow and the mild temperatures are melting what little snowpack there is across the state.

As of Monday, the southern half of the state of Minnesota had anywhere from no snow on the ground to about an inch of snow. Areas around Park Rapids and Walker reported about one to four inches of snow on the ground. The Bemidji area and points north to the Canadian border were reporting about three to six inches of snow. The locations with the most snow on the ground were in the extreme northeastern part of the state with about eight to 10 inches of snow on the ground.

Finally, it sure is good to see the daysÊgetting longer. Over the past week we have added about 21 minutes of daylight as we are picking up about three minutes of daylight each day. The sun is setting now near 6 p.m. and rising just past

7 a.m. This factÊis a sureÊsign that spring is fast approaching!

Have a great week!

Weather facts: Your chances of being struck by lightning are estimated to beÊ1 in 600,000.

Weather history: On this date in weather history, in 1921Êwarm airÊpush across Minnesota and "thunderstorms were reported across the southern portion of the state." Winona, for example,Êhad a high of 67.ÊMany spots in central, west central, and northern Minnesota were also in the 50s and 60s for highs!

Minnesota at a glance:

Moorhead Low 13 High 30

Duluth Low 15 High 34

Central MN Low 16 High 33

Twin Cities Low 22 High 39

Rochester Low 23 High 35

Marshall Low 20 High 40

Today: Partly cloudy and mild with a chance of snow across southern Minnesota. High 33 Low 17 Winds: SE 5-15 mph Prec. Trace-.10"

Monday's sunrise: 7:25 a.m.

Monday's sunset: 5:48 p.m.

Normal High: 24

Normal Low: 7

Another weather disturbance will push across southern Minnesota on WednesdayÊand could bring one to two inches of snow mainly across southcentral and southeastern Minnesota.

Thursday: Partly cloudy. High 33 Low 14 Winds: W 10-15 mph Prec. None

Friday:ÊMostly sunny and cooler. High 23 LowÊ4 Winds: NW 5-15 mph Prec. None

Saturday:ÊMostly sunny. High 19 Low 13 Winds: N 5-15 mph.