Risk of Spring
I've seen a lot of head-shaking weather in my 30 years in Minnesota. Little surprises me anymore. Until this week. 51" of snow at Duluth. In April? Snowiest month ever recorded; two times what fell all last winter in the Twin Cities - even more than during the November, 1991 "Halloween Superstorm". Unreal.
Like you, I'm turning the page on winter. I just removed my driveway stakes (latest on record) & hauled my heaviest coats and sweatshirts into cold storage. I'm as ready for spring as everyone else.
Southwest winds at all levels of the atmosphere boost the mercury to 50F today, 60s on Friday; a good chance of low 70s by the weekend. 5" snow on a Monday - sunscreen and shorts 5 days later? Sounds about right.
A stray shower is possible Friday, heavier rain may return to Minnesota Tuesday as cooler air approaches.
Twin Cities National Weather Service Chief Dan Luna is still predicting significant flooding for the Fargo area, but he adds: "Without a significant precipitation event triggering a basin wide melt, and the fact that some water has infiltrated the soils, the potential for record flooding decreases significantly south of the Grand Forks."
If you live in an area that is flood-prone, especially during spring snowmelt season, you'll want to stay alert over the next 1-2 weeks.
* Floods To Sideline Mississippi River Barges At Least Another Week. Reuters has the story here.
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