23 F. average high for January 17.
25 F. high temperature a year ago, on January 17, 2011.
1/10th of an inch of snow fell Tuesday. Ugh.
Trace of snow on the ground.
11.3" snow so far this winter season.
53.9" had fallen on the metro as of January 17, 2011.
December 3: last time the Twin Cities saw a "plowable" snow (4.2")
Little snow on the ground at MSP will prevent the mercury from falling as much as if we had significant snowcover. In fact nighttime lows (with little or no snow) may be 5-10 degrees milder than they would with 6" snow on the ground.
Least Winter Snowfall In The Cities?
*11.3" 2011-2012 (to date)
** photo courtesy of the Star Tribune.
Photo credit above: "A 14 year old boy clears the roof of his Anchorage home. More snow fell Thursday." Loren Holmes/AP."
"I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day." - Abraham Lincoln
Photo credit above: "Jeff Gould, lead equipment operator for the Department of Public Works in Sioux Falls, S.D., stands in front of a giant salt dome filled with rock salt Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. Gould says the pile would be half size by this time of a normal winter. Wednesday marked just the fourth time of this winter season that the city was hit with even a light covering of snow. The warm winter has put more green in the pockets of state and local governments that had their budgets busted last year by the high cost of plowing and running roaring furnaces. (AP Photo/Amber Hunt)."
Photo credit above: "."
TODAY: Some sun, warming up a bit ahead of clipper. Winds: S 10-20. High: 25
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Light snow and flurries - coating possible; turning MUCH colder. Low: -4 (metro). As cold as -8 to -10 in some of the outlying suburbs.