Well, that was interesting.
Wind: 1. Trooper: 0.
A trooper directing traffic around a jackknifed semi this morning on Highway 86 & Interstate 90 in Jackson County was knocked to the ground by a wind gust.
The trooper was not injured but the video is a reminder of theconditions caused by this snowstorm. pic.twitter.com/xTwrwKCM3f
— MN State Patrol (@MnDPS_MSP) April 11, 2019
Our latest bout of April meteorological mayhem dumped as much as 20 inches of snow at Madison in western Minnesota. More than 2 feet fell in South Dakota.
Snowfall reports are still trickling in. I’ve seen reports around the Twin Cities as low as 6.2 inches in Robbinsdale, to a hefty 13.6 inches in Richfield. Convectively-driven localized snow bursts probably accounted for local differences.
Updated snowfall totals as of Friday PM. #mnwx ❄️
Hannover 13.5" (Wright Co.)
Madison, MN 20"
Montevideo, Ortonville, Canby 17"
New Prague 12.5"
St. Cloud 10"
INL Falls 7.1"
Grand Marais 8"
Beaver Bay 9" pic.twitter.com/uuDc8bnD8x
— MPR Weather (@MPRweather) April 12, 2019
5th biggest April snowfall on record
The Twin Cities National Weather Service reports 9.7 inches at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport as of 1 p.m. Friday. That ties for the fifth biggest April snowfall on record. Three of the top 10 April snowfalls on record at the airport have occurred since last April 1!
Storm eases out
The swirling low-pressure center eases out of Minnesota Friday night. A few more hours of snow and drizzle will fall in many Minnesota communities. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s North American Mesoscale Forecast System 3 km resolution model picks up on the last waves of snow and drizzle as high pressure builds in Saturday.
This week’s storm dumped another 1 to 3 inches of liquid precipitation equivalent on the Upper Midwest. Much of that fell as snow. It will run off into area rivers in the coming week.
Precipitation map from the past 3 days. Totals include the water equivalent from all of the storm's precip types including snow, sleet, drizzle, freezing rain & rain. Thank you to our Coop & @CoCoRaHS observers for the precip measurements that make this map possible! #mnwx #wiwx pic.twitter.com/EIHjx70eBI
— NWS Twin Cities (@NWSTwinCities) April 12, 2019
The melt is on
It’s amazing how fast the snow has begun to melt today. The sun today is as high in the sky as late August. That solar energy is getting through.
A milder air mass gradually blows in next week. Highs in the 50s are a lock next week. We have a shot at 60 Tuesday, and again next weekend.