Looks like I'll be firing up the snowblower again when I get home this afternoon:
Friday is the 12th day this month out of 22 with measurable snow. If the Twin Cities gets 4.8 inches, this would become one of the 10 snowiest Februarys on record in the metro, following an early winter with little snow and a summer-fall drought.
The National Weather Service reported that the storm is dropping more snow on southern and southwestern Minnesota than in the Twin Cities area. Claremont, west of Rochester, has seen 8.2 inches so far. Ellendale, north of Albert Lea, has 7.5 inches, Fairmont in south-central Minnesota has 7.2 inches, Worthington in southwestern Minnesota has 5 inches and Northfield 4.2. Farmington leads the way in the metro with 5.
It looks like we got about 2" of snow overnight and we'll get another 2-3" before the day is out.
As much as I'm starting to get tired of winter I'm glad to see the snow keep coming, and it's really good to see the farmland south and west of here getting even more moisture too. If the moisture and temperature trends continue it bodes well for solid moisture for the spring melt, yet not so much as to cause above normal flooding.
It also marks a strong two months of normal snow and temperature levels for the Twin Cities. Last fall was warm and dry and the drumbeat about climate change was incessant and annoying. Now all I hear is crickets chirping on that score. I know, a few months doesn't really mean anything, but then I wish the same would hold true for the flip side. So just as a nudge at those who constantly use weather to try to make the case for climate change...
Dude, where's my climate change?