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Think about severe weather plan

Weather column: Severe weather awareness week takes place in Minnesota this year 

April 15-19. I know it has been hard to think about severe thunderstorms and the possibility of tornadoes when we still have all of this snow around Minnesota.

Things can change quickly this time of the year, however. As a result, it is time to start thinking about your severe weather plan. In the next few weeks I will have some tips to keep you and your family safe.

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Spring arrived Wednesday, March 20

Winter is certainly going out like a lion this year as another winter storm impacted most of Minnesota Sunday night into late Monday night. Blizzard warnings, winter storm warnings, and winter weather advisories were issued all across Greater Minnesota. Two to six inches of snow fell across the area with this latest blast.

The snow wasn’t the big problem as it was the winds that caused the most difficulties. Interstate 94 was shut down Sunday night into Monday Because of dangerous conditions. Winds in excess of 50 mph were reported at times because of a very strong area of low pressure that moved across the state.

The winds finally backed down by early Tuesday morning. On the backside of that frontal boundary system, cooler and drier air arrived. Highs for the midweek will remain cooler than average.

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Rain, freezing rain, and snow fell

Most of Greater Minnesota got hit with the latest winter blast on Saturday into Saturday night. Rain, freezing rain, and snow fell across the region. Two to seven inches of heavy snow were common with this disturbance. Winter storm warnings were posted from Friday night into Saturday night because of the slick roadways.

Then Sunday night into Monday another storm hit parts of Southern Minnesota. Fairmont received nearly a foot of snow with that disturbance as winter storm warnings were posted from Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

Are we done with the snow yet? It doesn’t look like it, as a couple of weak disturbances could bring some snow and rain on Thursday and again for the weekend. It doesn’t look at this stage that any of these have much moisture associated with them, but as we all know in Minnesota, that could change between now and then.

Fog will continue to be a problem in the early morning hours, so please do drive carefully off to work and school. For the latest on the roads, you may call 511 as always…

Have a great upcoming weekend and keep thinking spring!

Weather history: On this date in 1990 “the temperature at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport hits a record-setting 69 degrees.”

Weather fact: Arica, a province in Chile, went for more than
14 years without rain!

 

MN AT A GLANCE:

Moorhead Low 3 High 22

Duluth Low 9  High 29

Central Minn Low 13 High 29

Twin Cities Low 7 High 23

Rochester Low 9 High 26

Marshall Low 7 High 28

Monday, March 11: Partly cloudy. High 23 Low 16 Winds: NW/SW 5-10 mph Prec. None

Monday’s sunrise: 7:38 a.m.

Monday’s sunset: 7:26 p.m.

Normal High: 32

Normal Low: 9

More snow is possible by Thursday, and again Friday night and just in time for the weekend, as another weather disturbance arrives that could bring some accumulation of snow.

Thursday: Partly cloudy and warmer with a 20-percent chance of light snow/rain. High 34 Low 27 Winds: SW 10-15 mph Prec.
Trace-.10”

Friday: Partly cloudy with fog possible early. High 37 Low 18 Winds: SE 5-15 mph Prec. None

Saturday: Mostly cloudy, 30-percent chance of light snow. High 32 Low 27 Winds: ESE 10-15 Prec. Trace-.10”

Sunday: Partly to mostly cloudy, 30-percent chance of light snow/rain. High 35 Low 25 Wind: SE 5-15 mph Prec. Trace-.20”

More snow hit Sunday into Tuesday

Weather column: More snow hit the region late Sunday night into Tuesday across much of Minnesota. Winter storm warnings were posted beginning Sunday evening and lasted until Tuesday. Four to eight inches of snow were common by the time this system exited the region by Tuesday afternoon. The winds were also a problem and caused some blowing and drifting of snow and reduced visibility, and also dropped wind chills below zero at times.

There is some good news, however, as high pressure will settle in for the midweek and temperatures will warm-up to the mid 30s later in the week. We could see some light snow by Saturday into Sunday as a weak disturbance arrives. This system doesn’t seem to pack much of a “punch” at this stage, however.

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Skywarn Weather Spotter Training

Skywarn Weather Spotter Training is offered by Stearns County Emergency Management and the National Weather Service. Attendees learn how to identify severe weather, and what, when, and how to report it.

Weather spotters are volunteers, who are activated by phone and dispatched to the location of the storm. When severe weather is identified, spotters report that information to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.

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