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.
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”
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.
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.
Weather column: Some freezing fog was found across the area early Monday morning and that made driving a bit tricky. The winds picked up once the sun rose, and that helped to stir up the atmosphere and break up some of the fog.
Temperatures have certainly warmed up to get back to where we should be for this time of the year. Normally, highs now are generally around 30 degrees. We should see temperatures close to that for much of the rest of the week and into the weekend.
As February wraps up, we see that it has been a colder than average February. The average temperature for the month as of Monday was 13.4 degrees. This was nearly three degrees colder than average for the month.
Weather column: Our active weather pattern continues across the Midwest and the Upper Midwest. A blizzard hit much of North Dakota and parts of South Dakota Sunday into Monday. Parts of northern Minnesota were also under a blizzard warning and a winter storm warning from Sunday into Monday.
Snow and blowing snow reduced visibility across much of northern Minnesota on Monday. Most of Central and West Central Minnesota were under a winter weather advisory because of lighter amounts of snowfall on Monday along with blowing snow.