Residents in parts of eastern Minnesota are dealing with 10 inches of new snow as the winter season officially comes to an end. Seasoned Minnesotans know that just because the first day of spring arrives on the calendar Thursday, winter-like weather is still very much a possibility.
After 50 below zero days and a top 10 ranking in snow depth this winter, the sound of melting snow Thursday was a much-anticipated sign that spring is near.
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.
The heat is on. WCCO director of meteorology Mike Augustyniak says that high temperatures in the Twin Cities could top 50 degrees on Monday. On Sunday, temperatures reached into the 40s.
As we move towards spring, the upcoming melt poses a flooding risk where you wouldn’t expect it. Alleys and intersections in Minneapolis could be the trouble spots if there’s a rapid warm up. Fifty-seven inches of snow and ice cover most of the city’s 50,000 storm drains, leaving nowhere for the water to go.
Mike from New Auburn asked: What’s the difference between meteorological spring and “real” spring?
As spring starts to bloom, so will seasonal allergies. Though everyone’s excited to see warmer temperatures, this time of year can also bring itching, sneezing and congestion to millions of Americans.
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.
Temperatures plunged well below zero for the first few days of March, but that didn’t stop throngs from lining up to buy their first ice cream of the season in Moorhead. The country’s oldest Dairy Queen, in Moorhead, has opened on the first day meteorological spring for decades.
Minnesotans have one word to describe this winter. Unbelievable. Why? “Because I never thought it would last this long,” Jon Hokanson of Chanhassen said.
When you’ve been through 45 days at or below zero, anything above freezing feels incredible. Temperatures peaked at 44 degrees Tuesday afternoon and the Twin Cities reached the warmest it’s been since Dec. 28.
Allow me, if you will, to speak for just about everyone who has emailed me in the past month: we’re ready for spring! At this point in February, of course, spring isn’t ready for us… but it is time to start thinking about the spring flood season.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will begin drawing down water in Lake Traverse near Wheaton, Minn., in preparation for the spring melt in the Red River Valley.
Two signs foreshadowing spring are coming courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps says it plans to start drawing down Lake Traverse on the South Dakota border on Tuesday next week.
There’s nothing unusual about a cool, wet October week. For example, Wednesday’s high only climbed to the mid 50s – the same temperatures that feel so warm to us in early April.
What better way to enjoy nature’s bounty than to combine fresh produce into a beautifully created salad recipe this summer, full of wonderful flavors, scents and nutrients, while helping maintain a well balanced diet.
Gardeners just can’t seem to get a break this spring. First, it was a late start to the growing season with cool, rainy weather and not a lot of sunshine. And now deer are causing problems.
As cold as this spring was, and as chilly as this Thursday feels, it would probably surprise few to learn that a WCCO photojournalist captured what appeared to be a chunk of ice floating down the Mississippi River in June.
The long winter slowed the arrival of spring and all things spring-like, including the much-needed beauty of perennial flowers and bulbs. But at last they’re making an appearance. Over the weekend, I visited the Munsinger Clemens Gardens in St. Cloud, where the bulbs were bursting out, and signs of future floral glories to come.
Not everything you plant in your garden this spring has to be colorful. Some plants stand out because they are edible. And nothing compares to the fragrance and flavor of fresh herbs. WCCO stepped into a garden center’s Edible House.
Over the weekend, when it wasn’t raining, you may have spent some time in your garden, planting flowers. Or maybe just getting the soil ready for what you will plant. It is a sea of colors at Leitner’s Garden Center in St. Paul, a look that many of us would love to replicate in our yards.
The beautiful displays of color are what brighten our gardens and our spirit. We plant the bulbs in the fall and then wait with anticipation for their debut in the spring.
In what officials are calling one of the latest dates ever recorded, Hennepin County declared an official “ice out” on Wednesday.
Like the inevitable sequel to a long-running horror movie franchise, snow is making yet another return to the forecast. Only this time, the flakes are predicted to fly not in April, but in May.
After a seemingly endless winter, Minnesotans are finally seeing the grass of their lawns. But it’s not that pretty green grass that we like to see. Most yards are likely filled with patches of brown.