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There’s a lot that you can say about this winter. Some of the words are even fit for print. While it’s undeniable that many of us have had our fill of the cold, spring-winter (I call it “Sprinter”) has been a boon for at least some industries across Minnesota and Wisconsin.
While it may feel like we just got rid of the snow, it’s already time to start thinking about severe spring and summertime weather. This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota.
When 2-and-a-half-year-old Jack from Deerwood, Minn. heard it was going to snow almost a foot on April 16, he yelled, “Noooooo!” and slapped his fork on the table. This response went on for a good minute. “The funny thing is I’ve had people 20-, 30-, 40-, 50-years older reacting the same way,” said WCCO Meteorologist Chris Shaffer, who wasn’t all that surprised at the reaction to his forecast. “I just can’t get away with acting like that on television, but he can. It’s cute for him.”
Just when it seemed like spring was here, an April snowstorm has dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of Minnesota. The National Weather Service reports nearly 15 inches of snow in Milaca, 14 inches in St. Francis and over 10 inches in Pine City.
A snowstorm of record-breaking proportions is predicted to mess up the Friday morning commute in the Twin Cities. Forecasters say a mix of precipitation is expected to turn over to heavy snow after midnight Thursday and leave as much as a foot of snow in the Twin Cities by midmorning.
A winter storm centered in central Nebraska is expected to cause some significant snowfall in Minnesota by early Wednesday morning.
Well, that was unpleasant. This morning’s mix of wintery precipitation prompted a round of “what is this stuff falling from the sky?” on Twitter and Facebook … and it’s a good question.
One Wisconsin town among the many dealing with frozen waterways and clogged drains because melted snow has no place to go has tried an explosive new approach: blowing up a creek. Town of Onalaska officials hired a blaster to stick several hundred sticks of plastic explosives in the frozen Sand Lake Coulee Creek and blow it up on Friday.
Lake Michigan’s ice cover has set a record. The federal government’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor reports that ice spread across 93.29 percent of the lake’s surface area on Saturday.
On March 6, 2014 we received word from NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory that the Great Lakes were 92.2% covered by ice — the second-highest ice cover on record.
The National Weather Service says the possibility of significant flooding remains low in the Red River Valley of eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. A flood outlook released Thursday shows that minor to moderate flooding is expected along the river and its tributaries.
There is still plenty of snow and ice to go around but this little warm up we’re experiencing has everyone hoping for spring. It’s been a cold and miserable winter. The snow and ice came early and it’s still here.
It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for Heather Brown to dig into the Good Question mailbag to answer some of your best queries. And it looks like, despite it being so late in the season, people still have many questions about winter.
Shannon Frauenholtz has had it with winter. Barely able to stomach the television news with its images of snowbound cars, she heads to the tanning salon, closes her eyes and imagines she’s back in Mexico, where she’s already vacationed once this winter.