Instant Spring of 2013
Enjoy the fresh wintery scene in Minnesota today. It does a disappearing act this week.
Like the visiting uncle who stayed too long this time, winter finally hits the road this week.
But not before leaving its mark in the record books.
Duluth has shoveled and plowed 51″ of snow this April. That’s the most ever in April…and the most in any month on record in Duluth. This is now the 3rd snowiest winter on record in Duluth with a whopping 129.4″ so far. Ouch.
Like flipping a switch, our weather pattern changes for the warmer later this week. Much warmer.
The rapid warmup will melt snow fast, and send rivers surging higher in a hurry.
All eyes will be on the Red River by this weekend as water levels rise rapidly.
The good news?
You will be tempted to fire up the grill and pull out the golf clubs by Saturday.
17.6″ April snowfall at MSP Airport (3rd snowiest April on record)
66.9″ so far this winter at MSP Airport
Snow done, sun next
Yes, we may see a few more renegade snow squalls late Wednesday, and maybe even a slushy coating in some areas. But the really big accumulating April snow blitz is over.
Mark it down.
Expect the Unprecedented: Snowfall records fall:
Welcome to another unprecedented Minnesota weather event. This time it’s Duluth.
The city at the Head of the Great Lakes has plowed a whopping 51″ of snow this April.
Not only is that the snowiest April ever on record, it’s the snowiest month ever in Duluth. In April. Not January or March. April.
It’s also the 3rd snowiest winter on record with an impressive 129.4″ so far.
The Big Melt: Major warming trend kicks in later this week
It’s great to see the sunshine today. The sun is as high in the sky today as on August 19th. Today will be a study in just how quickly that “summer” sun intensity can melt a fresh pile of April snow.
Wednesday looks like the last day you may curse a chilly breeze and a few snowflakes in the air. A weaker clipper may spawn a mix of rain & snow showers Wednesday PM & evening. A slushy coating is possible Wednesday evening.
On Thursday, our winds shift into the southwest, and the real warm up begins.
The snow should be history in the metro and southern Minnesota by Thursday PM.
Once the ground is bare, the vast majority of the increasing sun intensity will go toward heating the air.
We have a shot at our 1st 60F reading Friday in the metro…and temps will soar well into the 60s and possibly hit 70F this weekend.
Finally. Our 1st 60F comes about 1 month later than average this year. Last year we hit 60F on March 6th!
Here to stay?
The Euro models keeps temps in the 70s…and even pushing 80F as we head into next week. The GFS wants to cool us off a bit early next week, but still into the 60s.
Either way I just don’t see a return to cold & snow any time soon. Hopefully for another 6-7 months?
River Watch: Red River rising
All that snow has to go somewhere. Most of it will flow into rivers & lakes.
You could see this one coming a mile off.
With 5″ to 10″ of liquid…or Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) ready to wash into the Red River watershed, river levels will spike in the next week.
The NWS forecasts a 16 FOOT rise in the Red River at Fargo by next Monday, just 6 days from now.
The red looks likely to crest the 1st week of May or so…at or near the all time record level of 40.8 feet.
All eyes on the Red River in the next week, and all hand on deck filling sandbags in Fargo and surrounding Red River towns.