13 new temperatures records (lows & highs) in the past 9 days at MSP Airport, St. Cloud & Eau Claire
7 high temperature records in the past 9 days
6 new record warm minimums in the past week
Earliest 70s in 12 years last week
Earliest 80 on record Saturday in the metro
Ice out on most smaller metro lakes including Calhoun, Harriet & Phalen Sunday
3rd earliest ice out on ‘Tonka likely today or tomorrow
Shower & T-Storm chances increase today, especially tonight
Spring begins at 12:14am Tuesday
An “ice free” Lake Harriet Sunday
Unprecedented string of March records:
“Expect the unprecedented” is the new phrase when it comes to climate changes in Minnesota. We’re breakin’ stuff in the weather lab again today, with more records on the way. The warm weather hits just keep on comin’ this March.
Ice out: 3rd earliest on record at Tonka today?
Ice went out on many metro area lakes Sunday including:
Tonka was still clinging to a stubborn broken sheet of ice last night, but it looks like it will go fast today or tomorrow.
Tonka clings to ice at sunset Sunday
Bug Island on Lake Minnetonka mixes with open water patches Sunday evening.
If ice out is recoded on Tonka today or tomorrow (March 19th or 20th) it will be the 3rd earliest on record according to the Freshwater Society.
Shower chances increase through tonight:
If the weekend felt like June & July, it will feel more like May today…with chances for April showers growing through tonight. The rain will increase in coverage and intensity tonight, with chances for local downpours as the system moves north into Minnesota.
Coverage looks spotty, but some lucky areas could pick up .30″ to .50″+ by early Tuesday. A second wave of showers may move in Tuesday night.
There is a slight risk for severe weather, primarily south of Minnesota.
The rest of the week looks mild for March…more like April with 60s hangin’ in there.