Weather is such an amazing thing. This past weekend much of the Twin Cities Metro area was under a frost warning as temperatures dropped into the low 30′s. Yes. It was May 16.
According to local TV Station KARE 11 some parts of northern Minnesota hit a new record for amount of snowfall on May 16. International Falls, MN had 0.3 inches of snow. Bringing the 2008-2009 winter total to 125.6 inches.
Yesterday, May 19 the Twin Cities Metro area hit a new record high, according to the Pioneer Press. The record was broken by a whopping 8 degrees at 97. Yikes! You’ve got to love this line from the article though:
While southern and central Minnesota roasted, the northern part of the state remained cool. When Granite Falls recorded a whopping 100 degrees at 4 p.m., Grand Marais reported a breezy 34 degrees, Taggart said.
It is about 400 miles from Granite Falls to Grand Marais.
Sorry for the all caps – that is how it was written. I think someone forgot to tell the weather that it is spring now!
URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
956 PM CDT WED APR 9 2008
…HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS LIKELY ACROSS PARTS OF THE REGION
THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT…
.A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR A PORTION OF
CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
SATURDAY MORNING. THE WARNING BEGINS AT 1 PM FOR WEST CENTRAL AND
SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA INCLUDING THE COMMUNITIES OF APPLETON…
CANBY…REDWOOD FALLS…HUTCHINSON AND ST. CLOUD. THE WARNING
BEGINS AT 7 PM FURTHER TO THE NORTH IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA…INCLUDING
ALEXANDRIA…LITTLE FALLS…AND MORA.
A WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT TO THE EAST AND SOUTH OF
THE WARNING AREA AND INCLUDES PORTIONS OF SOUTHERN AND EASTERN
MINNESOTA AND THE HIGHWAY 8 CORRIDOR IN WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN.
THE WATCH INCLUDES THE COMMUNITIES OF FAIRMONT…THE TWIN CITIES
METROPOLITAN AREA…RICE LAKE AND LADYSMITH.
HEAVY SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED ACROSS CENTRAL THROUGH SOUTHWEST AREAS
OF MINNESOTA BEGINNING THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND LASTING THROUGH
FRIDAY. THE PRECIPITATION MAY BEGIN AS A PERIOD OF RAIN AND
SNOW…BUT A QUICK TRANSITION TO ALL SNOW IS EXPECTED.
THERE REMAINS UNCERTAINTY ON THE EXACT PRECIPITATION TYPE
THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND NIGHT IN PORTIONS OF EASTERN AND SOUTHERN
MINNESOTA…INCLUDING THE TWIN CITIES METROPOLITAN AREA…AS WELL
AS THE HIGHWAY 8 CORRIDOR IN WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN. THE
PRECIPITATION IN THESE AREAS MAY OSCILLATE BETWEEN RAIN AND SNOW
THURSDAY EVENING BEFORE CHANGING TO ALL SNOW DURING THE EARLY
MORNING HOURS ON FRIDAY. ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATING SNOW IS THEN
EXPECTED ON FRIDAY.
BY FRIDAY NIGHT…SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS FROM 6 TO 12 INCHES ARE
ANTICIPATED IN THE WARNING AREA WITH HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE.
WITHIN THE WATCH AREA…SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS COULD REACH 6
INCHES OR MORE.
IN ADDITION TO THE SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS…THERE WILL BE
INCREASING WIND FROM THE NORTHEAST. THIS WILL CAUSE CONSIDERABLE
BLOWING SNOW AND POOR VISIBILITY IN OPEN AREAS THURSDAY NIGHT
THE HEAVY SNOW IS IN RESPONSE TO A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM MOVING
NORTHEAST FROM THE SOUTHERN PLAINS. THE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM IS
FORECAST TO REACH SOUTHERN WISCONSIN BY EARLY SATURDAY.
A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW…
SLEET…AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO
POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.
CONSIDERING THE LATE SEASON NATURE OF THIS STORM…ENSURE YOU AND
YOUR FAMILY ARE STILL PREPARED FOR WINTER WEATHER.
This was from earlier today…
Here’s a pic from our doorway (the snow was really blowing around, it is also supposed to snow for a few more hours, but I’m going to shovel so Christy can make it home!)
Note: I just shovelled our walk and stepped into a snow bank over my knee!!! We have 3 steps up to the walkway to the door, that was where I stepped down!