18 F. low Tuesday morning, tying the all-time record set in 2002, 1935 and 1875.
36 F. high Tuesday afternoon in the Twin Cities.
58 F. average high on April 15. Was it April 15? Really?
40 F. high on April 15, 2013.
Coating - 7" possible today (best chance of plowable amounts far northern suburbs by tonight).
60 F. degrees returns next week, possibly as early as Easter Sunday.
Plowable Just North of MSP?
Our tormented April limps on: brief, wondrous spasms of warmth, interrupted by extended spells of wind chill & fat flakes. By the time mid-April rolls around Minnesotans do NOT want to hear about "shovel-able snows".
With a higher sun angle and temperatures above 32F in the metro most roads should remain wet, in spite of a sloppy mix. We can't rule out a coating of slush in the metro area, especially early this morning, with an inch or two north metro. If you're driving north up I-35 travel conditions should get progressively worse; mainly snow north of Monticello, Princeton and North Branch. Some 3-7+ inch amounts are possible by evening from central Minnesota into northern Wisconsin.
Keep those driveway stakes in a little bit longer.
I expect a "snow sandwich"; precipitation starting as a coating to 1 inch of slush this morning, changing to rain, then back to snow at the tail-end of the storm by this evening. Winds reach 25 mph, creating treacherous travel up north, along with enough snow to build a respectable slush-man from Brainerd and Duluth to Hayward.
Any primal screams today give way to contented sighs next week, with highs in the 60s, possibly as early as Easter Sunday, based on latest ECMWF guidance (below).
Easter egg hunts may be muddy this year; rain is likely Saturday into Easter Sunday. Good news for your greening garden.
Graphic credit above: "The amounts that temperatures around the world differed from the historic average." Credit: NOAA.
If El Nino Comes This Year, It Could Be A Monster. Wired.com has the story; here's the introduction: "Attention, weather superfans: El Niño might be coming back. And this time, we could be in for a big one. Official NOAA Climate Prediction Center estimates peg the odds of El Niño’s return at 50 percent, but many climate scientists think that is a lowball estimate. And there are several indications that if it materializes, this year’s El Niño could be massive, a lot like the 1997-98 event that was the strongest on record. “I think there’s no doubt that there’s an El Niño underway,” said climate scientist Kevin Trenberth of the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research. “The question is whether it’ll be a small or big one...”
Photo credit: Reuters. "A thick haze of pollution envelopes Beijing - but scientists say the toxic air travels much further afield."
Graphic credit above: NerdWallet.
Photo credit: "Air Force One." (Katie Zezima)
TODAY: Rain-snow mix metro; mostly snow central Minnesota, where travel will become treacherous. MSP coating - 2"; 3-7" north. Winds: E 20+ High: near 40
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Wet snow tapers to flurries - a few slick spots, plowable snow up north. Low: 27
THURSDAY: More clouds than sun, chilly. High: 42
FRIDAY: Partly sunny, almost spring. Wake-up: 25. High: 50
SATURDAY: Showers likely, possible thunder. Wake-up: 34. High: 58
EASTER SUNDAY: Milder under mostly cloudy skies. Isolated shower? Wake-up: 40. High: 62
MONDAY: Intervals of sun, getting better out there. Wake-up: 42. High: 64
TUESDAY: Fading sun. Welcome back spring. Wake-up: 45. High: 67
* Total lunar eclipse photo taken early Tuesday morning courtesy of photographer Steve Burns.
Photo credit above: "A road crew foreman surveys the washed-out lanes of northbound MacLeod Trail in Calgary, Alta., Monday, June 24, 2013. Heavy rains caused flooding, closed roads, and forced evacuations across Southern Alberta." THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh.