Cold rain today, mixes with wet snow by late afternoon or evening.
2-5" slushy snow possible tonight. Best chance of 3-4"+ southern/eastern suburbs of the Twin Cities.
3" all-time record for May snowfall from a single storm (most recently in 1946).
5 days with 2"+ snow in May at KMSP since 1891. Source: Minnesota State Climate Office.
Rain expected late Friday into Sunday; a second surge of Gulf moisture.
Flood Warnings posted for some rivers up north from Ft. Ripley and Long Prairie to Scanlong. Details from NOAA here.
"Hey, it's Minnesota. What do you expect?" the old timer complained, sneaking a look at the sky while shaking his head, sadly. Good point.
Silly me, I thought spring might stick this time.
With accumulating snow possible by tonight I'm doing the only sensible thing: I'm going on strike. Rolling the Doppler into the lake - sneaking into KARE-11's "Backyard", holding up a big picket sign. These are intolerable working conditions.
There have been only 5 two-inch-plus May snowfalls in the Twin Cities since 1891, so yes, this is very unusual.
Numbing air over central Canada, displaced unusually far south, is responsible for this March-like time warp - enough cold air in the lowest mile of the atmosphere for an historic slush-storm.
The ground is warm (it was 81F Sunday) so any snow will melt on contact this afternoon but we may still wake up to a slushy 2-5" by Thursday AM. A plowable 3-7" snow may fall on some suburbs. Unreal.
A storm stalling over Missouri changes snow back to rain Friday & Saturday.
Before spending the morning with my therapist, then heading out to man the picket lines, let me attempt to reassure you that 60s & 70s should return next week.
Yes, spring has lost its bounce.
Media credit above: "Nick Ariano, from left, Rick Watson and Keith Andrzejewski head out to rescue the grandmother of Andrzejewski, near Ogden and Rt. 53 in Lisle, Illinois, during heavy flooding on Thursday, April 18, 2013". (Antonio Perez/ChicagoTribune/MCT)
Photo credit above: "Flooding on Grand Avenue in Chicago after heavy rains struck the city in mid-April." Credit: NWS via John Trillik.
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