Rain, Snow and Doubleheaders

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Our brief wintery relapse in Minnesota is creating a few firsts.

-This is the first time that much of Minnesota has seen snow since February. The last measurable snow in the Twin Cities was on February 23rd when a mere 0.1″ fell.

-The last inch of snow in the metro was Valentine’s Day on February 14th. (1.6″)

-This is the first time the Twins have postponed a game due to weather at Target Field.

-Saturday’s day night doubleheader is the first at Target Field.

-This is the first Twins rainout in nearly 30 years. The last one was at Met Stadium on September 20, 1980.

My partner in weather crime Craig Edwards and I discussed the best options for the Twins today and this weekend given the weather scenario. Craig’s advice to the Twins appears to be right on the money as usual.

Rainfall adds up:

Friday’s steady rain has added up to an inch in some areas. Check out the NEXRAD stomr total rainfall loop below.

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Pockets of yellow indicate 1″ rainfall totals scattered around the area.

Most areas around the Twin Cities have received between .30″ and .50″ of rainfall through Friday afternoon. Rainfall approaching 1″ has soaked the north east metro. This is well placed over drought stricken counties.

Rare May Snow:

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Models and NWS hint at an inch of slushy accumulation on grassy areas.

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Rain changing to snow Friday evening will leave anywhere from a slushy coating on grassy areas in the south metro to as much as 1″ to 2″ north. There may be some areas that see 3″+ from Brainerd to Hinckley to Rice Lake by Saturday morning.

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Enjoy a return to sunshine this weekend.

PH

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