Biting winds continue this morning. The wind chill reading was 23 below zero at Fergus Falls at 6 a.m. CDT and well below zero over Minnesota.
Shortly before daybreak winds were gusting to 45 mph at Grand Marais along the north shore of Lake Superior.
Despite March sunshine, it will feel bitterly cold if you are venturing out today. Bundle up. The temperatures are more typical of mid-January.
The high in the Twin Cities metro today will be around 20 F. The normal high for this time of year in Minneapolis/St. Paul is 43 degrees.
Additional snow cover was added to the landscape in the past 48 hours. The snow depth as of Monday morning was as 26 inches at International Falls and 17 inches at St. Cloud.
This is National Flood Awareness Week. Hydrologists are monitoring the water equivalent in the snow pack, the frost depth, the temperature trends and the potential for additional precipitation.
When I worked at the National Weather Service in Chanhassen our field observers would take a core sample of the snow pack and report that water value to our office on Tuesday mornings. This information was combined with the analysis made by the staff at NOAA’s Remote Sensing Center in Chanhassen.
Through the month of March and into early April, the North Central River Forecast Center hydrologists will track the flood potential.
From the Minnesota State Climatologist Office earlier this month:
Most recent release from the North Central River Forecast Center for the flood risk of moderate flooding on the Red: