I bet the weather gods are laughing at us right now. 20 inches of snow outside Duluth…top ten April snowfall for the Twin Cities…record low high temperatures. Remind me, what month is it again? Certainly a character-building month for those participating in the 30 Days of Biking.
Snowfall amounts varied greatly, from just 2.5″ in St. Paul to a whopping 10″ in Minneapolis. A solid 20″+ accumulated across portions of the Iron Range. This large difference over such a small distance can often drive a meteorologist mad. Forecasting those micro-scale precipitation gradients can be extremely challenging.
Turns out that April 2 is the average last date for 1 inch of snow cover in the Twin Cities. Snow in late April is actually quite rare. Since recordkeeping began in 1883, only 35 days recorded 1 inch of snow after April 14. Crazy. The highest daily snowfall after April 14 was 8.5” on 4/27/1907 and 4/20/1893 per National Weather Service Twin Cities records.
The warm-up may not come soon enough. See, we have yet to reach of high of 60 degrees this year. The record latest date of 60 degrees in the Twin Cities is April 29, 1874. That record might be in jeopardy.
Saturday: Partly cloudy. Record low high is 36. H: 40 Wind: N 2-4
Saturday Night: Cloudy, rain/snow mix late. L: 33 Wind: SE 7-11
Sunday: Morning mix, afternoon rain. Less than 0.50” H: 50 L: 41 Wind: SSE 9-11
Monday: Rain/snow mix. Little to no snow accumulation. H: 45 L: 30 Wind: N 7-11
Tuesday: Light snow showers, mixing with rain at times. H: 46 L: 33 Wind: NW 4-9
Wednesday: Warmer, mostly sunny. H: 50 L: 38 Wind: SW 5-10