Tricounty News

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.”


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.


Another snow storm Monday

Weather: Morning commuters on Monday woke up to snow and blowing snow as another winter storm moved across Minnesota.

Winter weather advisories were posted for parts of Central, West Central, and Northern Minnesota. Much of Eastern Minnesota was under a winter storm warning because of heavier snowfall amounts projected and windy conditions.

As of early Monday, 1 to 4 inches of snow was common across Northern Minnesota, Central Minnesota, and West Central Minnesota.

St. Cloud and Kimball reported  nearly 3 inches of snow. Alexandria reported 1.5 inches of snow, but just north of the city, 2 inches of snow was recorded.

In addition, 1 to 3 inches of snow fell in the Brainerd area. Morris and Elbow Lake had nearly 2 inches of snow.

Meanwhile, 1 to 2 inches of snow was noted early Monday morning near Sebeka and Menahga.


Don’t put your winter coats away, yet

: High pressure brought a clear sky across the region and very cold temperatures on Monday. Overnight low temperatures by Monday morning fell to 20 below or even colder in parts of the state. In addition, wind chill advisories were once again issued Sunday evening into Monday morning. At times, wind chill values dropped to 35 below zero across Minnesota.

A warm-front, however, approached the area on Tuesday, bringing with it warmer air. Much of Minnesota experienced temperatures in the teens above zero, but to our west out in South Dakota, temperatures hit the 20s across eastern South Dakota. Out in the Black Hills, however, a touch of spring was found as that part of the Upper Midwest hit the 40s.

Some of that warmer air will continue to work its way into Minnesota. Most of Minnesota should see teens and 20s for daytime highs on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Parts of Southern Minnesota could even hit the lower 30s by Wednesday. Some light snow is possible as a low pressure system will arrive.


Punxsutawney Phil 80 percent right in history

Weather: Groundhog Day took place on Sunday, of course, and Punxsutawney Phil did in fact see his shadow. According to legend, this means six more weeks of winter.

In case you didn’t know, Groundhog Day celebration “is rooted in a Celtic tradition that says if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on Feb. 2, the Pagan holiday of Imbolc, winter will last another six weeks.” Meanwhile, they claim that if no shadow was seen, “spring would come early” or is just around the corner.

I think most of us knew that there is plenty of winter left after the 30-day outlook calls for colder than normal temperatures all the way into the start of March.

It was a pretty quiet, but cold start for the week this week across the Upper Midwest. Temperatures have remained well below average for the start of February, and that trend will continue through the weekend.