Tricounty News

Old Man Winter’s one more storm?

Weather: It was no April Fool’s Day joke as the area received another blast from “Old Man Winter” this week. A blizzard warning was issued for parts of West Central Minnesota and Northern Minnesota from Monday into Tuesday for April Fool’s Day.

Two to five inches of snow were forecasted along with strong winds gusting at times to 50 mph from Grant, Big Stone, Traverse, and Western Otter Tail; all the way down to Lincoln and Lyon Counties in Southwestern Minnesota into Tuesday.

Winter storm warnings were also posted from Monday into Tuesday for much of Northern Minnesota for heavy snow of six to ten inches with heavier totals possible.

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More winter storm weather

Weather: Just when we thought we could put the winter gear away, another winter storm hit the Upper Midwest including the state of Minnesota late Monday night into Wednesday morning.

This “prolonged” winter storm brought some minor ice accumulation and moderate to heavy snow at times from West Central Minnesota to Northeast Minnesota.

The system brought some sleet and freezing rain mixed with snow starting Monday night. As a result, a winter storm warning was issued for a good share of Central and West Central Minnesota through Tuesday night.

The winds were also a problem across the area with this winter storm bringing winds gusting to 25 mph at times and causing difficult driving conditions across much of the state.

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Robins are returning

Weather: Wow, is all I can say about our weather over the weekend and again on Monday! High temperatures climbed into the 40s and lower 50s across much of Minnesota on Sunday.

The strength of the sun is impressive as with only a couple of days of temperatures above freezing, we started seeing some patches of grass in our yard! My wife also heard robins singing outside our bedroom window Sunday morning.

The mild temperatures continued on Monday as a warm-front moved across the Midwest. Most of Minnesota enjoyed temperatures once again in the 40s and even lower 50s.

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Can we spring ahead?

Weather: This coming weekend is the weekend that we spring ahead. The way the weather has been, however, it has been hard to even imagine truly talking about spring.

Sunday morning at 2 a.m. is when we officially spring ahead and Daylight Saving Time begins.

In case you might be wondering, the idea for its start was “first proposed in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson and it was first implemented by Germany and Austria-Hungary starting on 30 April 1916.”

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Winds and wind-chill continue

Weather: A fairly weak disturbance moved across Minnesota Monday into Monday night and brought some light snow across parts of Minnesota.

On the backside of this disturbance, a persistent northerly and northwesterly wind will continue to drive in unseasonably cold Artic air all the way into the weekend. Daytime high temperatures will be 25 to 35 degrees below average for much of the week.

Normal high temperatures this time of the year are now generally in the upper 20s and lower 30s across much of Central and Northern Minnesota. Instead we will be dealing with temperatures struggling to make it above zero for daytime highs through the start of the weekend.

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