It has been the coldest start to the month of March in 17 years. Temperatures were below zero for highs on Sunday. In addition, the wind also picked up by Monday.
Coupled with the winds gusting to 25 mph at times and overnight low temperatures late Sunday night into Monday morning, there was a wind chill advisory in effect for much of the state. Wind chill values dipped to 35 below zero at times early Monday.
Some light snow also moved-in on Monday across parts of the Minnesota as a weak disturbance pushed across the region. A winter weather advisory was also posted for parts of Minnesota on Monday.
It will be fairly quiet for the midweek. Temperatures will remain well below average with high temperatures only in the mid teens.
We will warm-up by late in the week out ahead of our next system. This system could bring some heavy snow to parts of the Upper Midwest for the weekend. The track could change, but right now Minnesota could see some accumulating snow late Friday into Saturday and early Sunday.
This is a system to keep an eye on!
By the way, 52.7 inches of snow has been reported so far with this sytem at St. Cloud with more snow expected. This is winter we won’t soon forget.
Weather history: On this date in 1836 it was cold across Minnesota. The cold lasted for “12 days at Fort Snelling.” During the period, there were reports of “seven nights being in the double-digits below zero.”
Weather fact: March is when we “normally” see arctic fronts become less potent. This can allow “warm, humid air to surge north” and bring thunderstorms to parts of the Central Plains and even into the Upper Midwest at times.
Sunrise: 6:49 a.m.
Sunset: 6:15 p.m.
Normal High: 31
Normal Low: 11
MN AT A GLANCE:
Moorhead Low -1 High 14
Duluth Low 1 High 19
Your City Low -1 High 15
Twin Cities Low 5 High 22
Rochester Low 1 High 17
Marshall Low 2 High 21
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High 15 Low -7 Wind: NW 10-15 mph Prec. None
It will be a fairly quiet midweek, but temperatures will remain below average for Wednesday and Thursday. Temperatures will moderate for Friday out ahead of our next system. Snow will be possible late Friday and into the weekend. If things come together, we could see some heavy snow Saturday into early Sunday.
Thursday: Party cloudy. High 15 Low 0 Winds: NW 5-10 mph Prec. None
Friday: Increasing cloudiness and warmer, 20-percent chance of snow. High 24 Low 18 Wind: SSE 5-10 mph Prec. Trace-.20”
Saturday: Cloudy, 70-percent chance of snow and blowing snow. High 31 Low 15 Wind: SSE 15-25 mph Prec. .20”-.60”
Sunday. Mostly cloudy to cloudy, 50-percent chance of snow mainly early. High 2 Low -11 Wind: NW 10-20 mph Prec. .10”-.30”