It looks like our February snow blitz is taking a break.
Our latest significant snow event dumped another 3 to 6-inches in most areas Tuesday. Over 9-inches of snow fell in Eau Claire country east of the Twin Cities.
Here's an analysis of snow amounts thru earlier today. Amounts are interpolated from reports received, and will not exactly match reality at every location (especially for snow that has fallen since earlier this morning). Specific reports can be found at https://t.co/3PEGPEdxSW pic.twitter.com/6qJ2FJNWbs
— NWS Twin Cities (@NWSTwinCities) February 12, 2019
Coming up for air
It’s true. You can’t please all of the people all of the time. Our February snow blitz is a boon to outdoor wither enthusiasts and events. It’s also been a nightmare for commuters.
We catch a break from significant snow systems over the next week. A snow-blinding sun peeks out Wednesday. Thursday’s Arctic front brings just a glancing blow of snow, a snowy dusting to an inch in many areas. There are whispers of light snow next Tuesday, but overall the next week looks mainly dry. And chilly. Perfect weather to get out and enjoy the snow we’ve earned this month.
Dig out your local fire hydrant
Fire crews remind us that seconds and minutes save lives. Critical response time is lost if fire crews have to dig out a hydrant to get water onto a fire. They are asking you to dig out your local fire hydrant. The lives you save could be yours, or your neighbors.
— State Fire Marshal (@MnDPS_SFM) February 12, 2019
Another good reminder is to give plows and emergency vehicles plenty of room on snowy roads. They’re out there doing a dangerous job trying to keep us safe. Common sense.
9 State Patrol squads have been hit by passing motorists in the month of February. Of those 9 crashes, 5 involved injuries. Move over when you see flashing lights. If you can’t move over, slow down! #ItsTheLaw pic.twitter.com/uXNSFf9Z9Y
— MN State Patrol (@MnDPS_MSP) February 11, 2019
4th snowiest February on record
We’ll await final snowfall numbers this evening from MSP Airport, but so far today’s 5.3″ makes February’s snowfall total 21.6″ for the month. That’s still good enough for the 4th snowiest February on record in the Twin Cities.
Two winters this year
It’s been a tale of two winters in Minnesota. December was 6-degrees warmer than average. The first half of January was significantly warmer than average. Then the Arctic switch flipped and January finished slightly colder than average at -1.3 degrees for the month. So far February is running 5-degrees colder than average in the Twin Cities.
So we’ve basically endured two very different halves this winter. Mild and little snow in the first half. Cold and abundant snow in the second half.