Snow is getting harder to find in Minnesota.
The rapid snow melt has rivers running high.
NEWS: High flows force closure of Minneapolis locks for recreational traffic – locks at Lower St. Anthony Falls and Lock and Dam 1, both in Minneapolis, closed due to high flows. Commercial traffic not affected. https://t.co/Nani8NcqaK #MississippiRiver pic.twitter.com/7VJGPnf8b9
— St Paul USACE (@StPaulUSACE) April 24, 2018
Disappearing frost layer
Now the frost is leaving the ground quickly at many Minnesota locations.
Yesterday we had still had frost in the 3 to 8 inch deep layer. Unbelievably, our 2 inch soil temp right now is 54 and 4 inch soil temp is 52! The grass will be greening up very quickly in the next week or two. #mnwx #wiwx
— NWS Twin Cities (@NWSTwinCities) April 24, 2018
Soil temperatures in the top few inches are now running in the 40s and low 50s at many locations. Here’s today’s graph from Sabin in western Minnesota via the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network.
Temperatures this week will continue to promote snow melt and frost thaw. Daytime highs will make the 60s and overnight lows will remain mostly above freezing in the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota.
Temperatures up north will run a few degrees cooler this week, but it’s still plenty warm enough to melt snow.
70s again by Sunday
Take a look at Sunday’s high temperature map. Spring warmth in the 70s spreads all the way north to the Canadian border. Temps will push 80 degrees in Fargo Sunday afternoon.
My favorite lake
What’s your favorite Minnesota lake? It’s coming down to the finals this water month. Cast your vote.
The final 4 most-loved lakes: Today is your last chance to vote in the match-up between Lake Superior and Lake Pepin https://t.co/liOd5LT2q3
— MPR News (@MPRnews) April 24, 2018