Tricounty News

Can we spring ahead?

Weather: This coming weekend is the weekend that we spring ahead. The way the weather has been, however, it has been hard to even imagine truly talking about spring.

Sunday morning at 2 a.m. is when we officially spring ahead and Daylight Saving Time begins.

In case you might be wondering, the idea for its start was “first proposed in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson and it was first implemented by Germany and Austria-Hungary starting on 30 April 1916.”

In the United States, it had been used off and on, but things got confusing with train and plane schedules, etc.  As a result, Congress decided to implement the Uniform Time Act of 1966 that stated DST would begin on the last Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday of October.” However, states still had the “ability to be exempt from DST by passing a local ordinance.”

We will see a bit of a warm-up for the midweek and this weekend, and we should be able to “start” thinking about spring. However, we will generally remain below average for this time of the year. Normal high temperatures this time of the year are generally in the upper 20s and lower 30s across the area.

Have a great weekend and remember to spring ahead!

Weather history: On this date in 1966 a “blizzard finally ends in the Upper Midwest.” There were reports of winds gusting from the storm “topping 100 mph.”

Weather fact: The old saying that 10 inches of fresh snow contains one inch of water is only occasionally true. In reality, “10 inches of new snow can contain as little as 0.10 inches of water to nearly four inches.”

MN AT A GLANCE:

Moorhead Low -6 High 13

Duluth Low  -6 High 16

Central Minn. Low -3 High 15

Twin Cities Low 6 High 22

Rochester Low -20 High 12

Marshall Low -12 High 17

Wednesday: More clouds than sun. High 15 Low 8 Wind: SE 5-10 mph Prec. None

Monday’s sunrise, March 3: 6:51 a.m.

Monday’s sunset: 6:14 p.m.

Normal High: 30

Normal Low: 10

Warmer air will return across Minnesota for the midweek and for the weekend. We could see some light snow by late Wednesday into Thursday. Some lingering light snow is possible for Friday. Despite the warm-up, temperatures will generally remain well below average.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy 30-percent chance of light snow. High 26 Low 8  Winds: S 5-15 mph Trace-.20”

Friday: Partly cloudy, 20-
percent chance of lingering light snow mainly early. High 18 Low -9 Winds: SW/W 10-15 mph Prec. Trace-.20”

Saturday: Partly cloudy and colder. High 13 Low -5 Winds: NW 10-15>20 mph Prec. None

Sunday: Partly cloudy, 20-
percent chance of light snow. High 25 Low 15 Winds: E/SE 10-15>20 mph Prec. Trace-.20”