Tricounty News

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.

I’m sorry to say there is no big warm-up anticipated through the weekend. Some snow chances are possible over the weekend. Spring, of course, arrives this Wednesday at 6:02 a.m.

By the way, the 6-10 Day Outlook calls for below-normal temperatures with near average or slightly above normal precipation. I guess we shouldn’t pull out those Bermuda shorts just yet … or put away those shovels!

Stay warm!

Weather history: On this date in 1987, temperatures warmed into the upper 50s and low- to mid-60s across most of Greater Minnesota.

Weather fact: The latest measurable snow ever still recorded in Minnesota was on June 4, 1935, in Mizpah in Koochiching County, when one and a half inches fell.

MN AT A GLANCE:

Moorhead Low -7 High 10

Duluth Low -3  High 14

Central Minn. Low -4 High 12

Twin Cities Low 2 High 17

Rochester Low 1 High 16

Marshall Low -2 High 15

Monday, March 18: Mostly clear to partly cloudy and unseasonably cool. High 12 Low -6 Winds: NW 10-15 mph Prec. None

Monday’s sunrise: 7:24 a.m.

Monday’s sunset: 7:34 p.m.

Normal High: 36

Normal Low: 21

Quiet but cool weather will stay with us for the midweek into the start of the weekend, before temperatures return to more seasonal readings. We could see some light snow returning by the weekend.

Thursday: Partly cloudy and cool. High 19 Low 5 Winds: Variable at 5 mph Prec. None

Friday: Partly cloudy with some early morning fog possible. High 23 Low 5 Winds: E 5-10 mph Prec. None

Saturday: Partly to mostly cloudy, 30-percent chance of light snow. High 30 Low 18 Winds: E/NE 5-10 Prec. Trace-.10”

Sunday: Partly to mostly cloudy, 30-percent chance of light snow. High 28 Low 21 Wind: NE 5-10 mph Prec. Trace-.10”