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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I know everyone is starting to get tired of winter and we are anxious to get outside more, and start planting our gardens. (Except the snowmobilers and skiers). It should be right around the corner … we hope.
One sure sign that spring is almost here is that we spring forward this weekend as Daylight Saving Time begins. We will lose that sunshine in the morning, but by this Sunday evening the sunset will be after 7 p.m.
In the meantime, however, for the latest on road conditions, call 511 or go to: www.511mn.org.
Have a great week!
Weather history: On this date in 1987 “spring was in the air” as temperatures hit the 60s and 70s! Many record high temperatures were set on that date across Minnesota!
Weather fact: The worlds tallest-ever snowman made measured “a massive 113.5 feet and was made by the people of Bethel, Maine.” It took two weeks to build and was finally being completed on Feb. 17, 1999.
MN AT A GLANCE:
Moorhead Low -3 High 20
Duluth Low 7 High 27
Central Minn. Low 3 High 21
Twin Cities Low 11 High 26
Rochester Low 9 High 24
Marshall Low 6 High 27
Monday, March 4: Partly cloudy. High 21 Low 12 Winds: NE/SE 5-15 mph Prec. None
Monday’s sunrise: 6:51 a.m.
Monday’s sunset: 6:15 p.m.
Normal High: 32
Normal Low: 9
High pressure will keep the midweek quiet before a couple of weak waves of energy arrive by the weekend that could bring a few flurries or sprinkles to the Upper Midwest by Saturday.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, early morning fog possible. High 30 Low 19 Winds: SE 15-20 mph Prec. None.
Friday: Partly to mostly cloudy with fog possible early. High 32 Low 21 Winds: Variable at 5-10 mph Prec. None.
Saturday: Variable cloudiness, 20-percent chance of light snow. High 28 Low 14 Winds: NE/NW 10-15 Prec. Trace-.05”
Sunday: Partly cloudy, 20-percent chance of light snow. High 34 Low 19 Wind: NW/SE 5-15 mph Prec. Trace-.10”