The folks at the Farmers’ Almanac can be forgiven for feeling smug: The 198-year-old publication correctly predicted the past nasty winter while federal forecasters blew it. Memories of the polar vortex and relentless snowstorms won’t soon be forgotten.
Unseasonably cool temperatures will arrive next week in the Midwest and as far south as Arkansas and Oklahoma. It is not, however, the second coming of a polar vortex, something the National Weather Service says it regrets tweeting earlier this week.
Doctors in the Twin Cities say the low pressure system sitting over the Twin Cities, causing all the recent rains, is also causing pain for people.
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.
For Minnesota’s struggling golf industry, spring can’t come soon enough. In a post-Tiger Woods world, with the U.S. losing an estimated 1 million golfers a year, course owners find themselves struggling to compete.
It has been 166 days since we’ve seen temperatures in the 60s. With a little luck, Sunday could be the day this streak of cold weather ends. Friends Matt Sandstrom and Brandon Parker are like most Minnesotans, who’ve felt holed up indoors for too long. “Long, long time,” Sandstrom said. “Get to finally enjoy outside, outdoors.”
Another polar blast has Minnesotans chilled to the bone during a winter season that never seems to end. Temperatures will struggle to break zero Thursday in Minnesota where the National Weather Service posted a wind chill warning for north and central regions.
The fast-track plan to provide $20 million in emergency heating assistance has been staged for a vote Monday in the Minnesota Senate. But a slight change by the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday will likely to force another House vote on the measure too.
The roads shouldn’t be as miserable around the Twin Cities as they were during Friday’s awful commute, but Monday may still bring with it a number of headaches. The good news is that most road conditions are better, but there are still some problem areas.
A fierce storm produced more than a foot of snow in some parts of Minnesota early Friday, where authorities advised against travel and schools closed, once again, during the long, grueling winter. And WCCO’s Mike Augustyniak said bitter cold temperatures moving back in aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
For parents in school districts that did cancel class, it was another day of figuring out what to do with the kids. For some families that meant paying for outside help.
With many schools in the area now on their fifth day off due to extreme cold conditions, some parents may understandably be trying to figure out how to combat cabin fever. Once again, the Mall of America’s Nickelodeon Universe is offering free rides.
The death of a motorist whose car got stuck in the snow in McLeod County may be weather related. The sheriff’s department says it received a report Monday of a man who had been missing since Sunday night.
The extremely cold weather means more days off for students, and more headaches for parents and schools. Tuesday marks the fifth time many schools have closed this month, including a rare, statewide shutdown by Governor Mark Dayton. For Marisa Lee’s children, Iris and William, it’s starting to feel like these cold, school-free days are becoming the norm. “They are really excited, of course. They’re loving all the days off,” Lee said.
About 100,000 residential customers in North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin were able to crank their thermostats back above 60 degrees Monday after a utility lifted its appeal for natural gas conservation following a weekend explosion in Canada that knocked out three pipelines.