The view from my kitchen this morning:
So far it looks like about 4" of very wet snow at my place with maybe twice as much in the south metro. It's not exactly an uncommon occurrence for this time of the year in the Twin Cities and I kind of like it. It covered up the dirty and nasty looking snow piles that hadn't melted yet and it's not like it's going to stay around for too long either. It did make for a nasty commute in some spots this morning though.
It's still a little early to be watching for "ice out" this year. The ice went off the lakes in my area around 4/3 last year and I'm guessing we will be back to average this year, which is around 4/11. But that's only a little over two weeks away, it's coming despite this little blast of winter. Spring fever is starting to set in and it doesn't help when my friend Rob starts posting pics like these from his place in Louisiana. I'm even inspired now to think about a vegetable garden this year.
If I'm going to do that I better get cracking, even though last frost isn't usually until May around here. If I'm going to grow tomatoes from seed I'm going to have to start those in the next couple of weeks. I don't suppose there are online garden planners now...why yes, of course there are. It looks like at least some are free and I'm going to check out the Better Homes and Gardens one. Any other suggestions?