Tricounty News

Well, the snows have arrived

By Mark Anthony, Meteorologist

Weather column: The region experienced its first significant snowfall of the season Saturday night into Sunday. Schools on Monday were either two hours late or canceled across a good share of central and southern Minnesota.

Near the city of Isanti in Isanti County, nearly 17” of snow fell. Willmar was close behind with 13.30” of snow reported. Redwood Falls picked up 13” of snow. Meanwhile, Brandon, Alexandria, and Albany all reported about 11” of snow.

Other reports have Wendell, in Grant County, reporting five inches of snow. Also, Hutchinson and Kimball both picked up more than nine inches of new snowfall.

Winter storm warnings and blizzard warnings were issued beginning Saturday and stayed with us through Sunday night. Many roads around the state were closed because of the snow and blowing snow. Driving was difficult or impossible at times.

On the heels of that, Arctic air spilled-in Sunday night bringing very cold air to the area. Parts of the state fell to 20 below zero by Monday morning with wind chill values as low as 40 below zero.

At this stage it looks like a pretty quiet week with temperatures generally in the 20s for highs. Most of us will enjoy some quieter conditions to get our shopping done!

For the latest on road conditions around the state, you may call 511.

Have a great weekend!

Weather history: On this date in 1995 a storm system moved across parts of Minnesota dropping from one to seven inches of snow across central and northern Minnesota. Alexandria received some of the heaviest snowfall with seven inches of snow reported. Meanwhile, parts of southern Minnesota experienced some freezing rainfall.

Weather fact: Snow crystals form in clouds when the temperature is below the freezing point. They are created by water droplets freezing on small ice particles. As an ice crystal drops through the cloud it bumps and knocks others and becomes a snowflake. This process of bumping others, along with a “little melting and re-freezing aids the creation of their complex design.”

MN AT A GLANCE:

Moorhead Low 2 High 26

Duluth Low 3 High 25

Central Minn. Low 0 High 27

Twin Cities Low 8 High 33

Rochester Low 8 High 32

Marshall Low 5 High 31

Monday, Dec. 10: Partly cloudy. High 27 Low 14 Winds: SE 10-15 mph Prec. Trace-.10”

Monday’s sunrise: 7:54 a.m.

Monday’s sunset: 4:36 p.m.

Normal High: 22

Normal Low: 5

A series of weak cold fronts will slide through the area and could bring some light snow to parts of Minnesota.

Thursday: Increasing cloudiness, fog possible late. High 27 Low 5 Winds: Variable 5-10 mph Prec. None

Friday: Mostly cloudy to cloudy. High 23 Low 7 Winds: NW 5-15 mph Prec. None

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 21 Low 10 Winds: N 5-10 mph. Prec. None

Sunday: Partly cloudy and chilly. High 19 Low 14 Wind: SE 5-15 mph Prec. None