Mark Anthony Meteorologist
It was quite a Thanksgiving holiday period as we had not one, but two winter storms to hit the region.
The first winter storm brought snow Tuesday night into Wednesday of last week across parts of southern, central, west central, and northern Minnesota.
The second round of snow brought heavier snowfall amounts starting Friday night and lingered into early Sunday. Along with the heavy snow we also had strong winds.
Washburn, Wisc. hit the jackpot with a total of 31 inches of snow.
Closer to home in Minnesota, Lester Park had 23.5 inches of snow. Breezy Point picked-up 15.2 inches of snow, while Motley had 13.5 inches. Snowfall amount of 10 to 15 inches were common across north central Minnesota.
Officially in Alexandria 13.2 inches of snow was reported. However, we had 8 inches of snow at our house in Alexandria.
Other spots across the area included 5 inches of snow in -Morris, and 5.5 inches in Elbow Lake along with Kimball.
Drier weather will stay with us for the midweek. Another system could bring us some light snow by Sunday. At this stage this system does not appear to bring much in the way of snow.
Have a great rest of the week and drive carefully.
Fairly benign weather is still expected through next weekend as we see a split-flow develop. This will hold the storm track and cold air to our north and moisture to our south. We`ll see upper waves pass to our north Tuesday and Thursday, but only the Thursday wave looks to bring a cold front through that will offer us a cool down for Friday. Once again, the NBM is running on the cool side of the model envelope Tuesday through Thursday, so we could see highs and lows end up a few degrees warmer than what`s currently forecast.
Weather history: On this date in 1886 it was a cold start to the month of December as “Minneapolis hit a record-setting 15 degrees below zero!” Other parts of the start were also very cold.
Weather facts: The term “cool as a cucumber” may be based on the fact that in hot weather the inside of a cucumber remains cooler than the air. The phrase generally means to remain “calm and composed” even under high pressure.
MN AT A GLANCE:
Moorhead Low 19 High 29
Duluth Low 18 High 30
Central Minn. Low 21 High 30
Twin Cities Low 23 High 33
Marshall Low 23 High 36
Rochester Low 20 High 35
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 30 Low 18 Winds: WNW 10-15 mph Prec. None
Today’s sunrise: 7:46 a.m.
Today’s sunset: 4:37 p.m.
Normal High: 26
Normal Low: 14
Temperatures will be near average for the midweek before a brief cool-down is anticipated for Friday. Warmer temperatures will return for the weekend out ahead of our next system that is expected to arrive by Sunday.
Thursday: Partly cloudy. High 28 Low 8 Wind: WNW 10-15>20 mph Prec. None
Friday: Mostly sunny and cooler. High 14 Low 11 Wind: SSW 5-10 mph Prec. None
Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 33 Low 24 Wind: S 15-25 mph Prec. None
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, 30% chance of snow late. High 26 Low 10 Wind: N 10-15 mph Prec. Trace-.20.”