Weather: Groundhog Day took place on Sunday, of course, and Punxsutawney Phil did in fact see his shadow. According to legend, this means six more weeks of winter.
In case you didn’t know, Groundhog Day celebration “is rooted in a Celtic tradition that says if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on Feb. 2, the Pagan holiday of Imbolc, winter will last another six weeks.” Meanwhile, they claim that if no shadow was seen, “spring would come early” or is just around the corner.
I think most of us knew that there is plenty of winter left after the 30-day outlook calls for colder than normal temperatures all the way into the start of March.
It was a pretty quiet, but cold start for the week this week across the Upper Midwest. Temperatures have remained well below average for the start of February, and that trend will continue through the weekend.
There is a weak disturbance that could bring some light snow across Northern Minnesota Friday. Little moisture is expected with this system at this point.
Over the weekend, another wave could target the Midwest. There is a chance of some light snow over the weekend, but it is a long ways off, so confidence is minimal at this time. It is worth keeping an eye on things, however, if you are doing some traveling.
Temperatures are expected to warm-up a bit by Saturday at this time, but it will remain below average. Average high temperatures now across Minnesota are generally in the upper teens and lower twenties.
By the way, just in case you are wondering, “according to the StormFax Weather Almanac and records kept since 1887, Phil’s predictions have been correct 80 percent of the time.” Let’s hope he’s wrong this year and spring is just around the corner!
Have a great rest of the week!
Weather history: On this date in 1834 a warm-up takes place at “Ft. Snelling with a high of
Weather fact: You can use pine cones to forecast the weather as “the scales will close when rain is on the way.”
MN AT A GLANCE:
Moorhead Low -29 High -12
Duluth Low -21 High -2
Central Minn. Low -22 High -5
Twin Cities Low -12 High -3
Rochester Low -12 High -2
Marshall Low -19 High -4
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy and cold. High -5 Low -22 Wind: NW 10-15 mph Prec. None
Monday’s sunrise, Feb. 3: 7:39 a.m.
Monday’s sunset: 5:32 p.m.
Normal High: 18
Normal Low: 0
Another cold week and weekend is upcoming across Minnesota as temperatures will be 15 degrees colder than average or more at times. At this stage little moisture is anticipated along the way.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High -2 Low -13 Winds: N 5-15 mph Prec. None
Friday: Partly cloudy. High 5 Low -11 Winds: NE/E 10-15 mph Prec. None
Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 9 Low -3 Winds: E 10-15 mph Prec. None
Sunday: A mix of clouds and sun, 20-percent chance of light snow. High 12 Low -3 Winds: SE 10-15 mph Prec. Trace-.20”