I have vivid memories of my first April here, back in 1983. On April 14, 1983 13.6 inches of snow DELIGHTED residents of the Twin Cities. A cool foot of snow blanketing green lawns and dazed robins?
I wondered what I had gotten myself into.
After the aggressive winter we've just muddled through this feels like piling on, rubbing salt in the wound. But latest guidance suggests we'll pick up a total of 4-7" of concrete-like slush; enough to shovel & plow - but we may miss out on that ominous "foot of snow" after all, although some northern/western suburbs may pick up close to 10" by late morning. That's quite enough, thank you. Snow tapers this morning with slowly improving travel conditions this afternoon. The drive home won't be quite as traumatizing.
The 6th coldest meteorological winter on record meant that most storms fell as snow; we didn't have enough warm air to trigger much ice or rain, making snowfall predictions more straightforward. Our current storm pulled enough warm air aloft into Minnesota for ice and rain, and that helped to keep final snowfall tallies down a bit.
Your reward for tip-toeing through the slush this morning? 50s return next week, even a shot at 60 by Wednesday afternoon.
Full disclosure: I'm off my meds, but I suspect this will be the last (significant) snowfall of the season.
We WILL see green by late April. We WILL be able to sweat it out up at the cabin this summer. This too shall pass.
* photo of the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile circling Duluth earlier in the day Thursday, where up to 12" was expected by midday today, courtesy of Clint Austin.
Thursday Severe Weather Outbreak. Although not as bad as feared, SPC counted up 8 tornadoes as of midnight, including the suburbs of St. Louis and the Denton area, just north of Dallas, Texas. Click here for a list of severe storm reports.
40 F. high in the Twin Cities Friday.
51 F. average high on April 3.
48 F. high on April 3, 2013.
Photo credit above: "The scientists said Arctic sea ice extent for March averaged 4.80m sq km – well below the monthly average of the past 30 years." Photograph: Jenny E. Ross/Corbis.
Photo caption: "Some areas, such as the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, are freezing up between six and 11 days later per decade."