It was a winter devoid of major, knock-down, drag-out blockbuster snowstorms but we saw our fair share of annoying clippers. At temperatures colder than 15F a meager inch of snow, at the wrong time, sparks gridlock and a disproportionate number of fender-benders. But 27 inches of snow? Kentucky picked up more snow than the Twin Cities as a temporarily locked jet stream pattern whisked the most formidable storms well south of Minnesota.
J. Meilinger wanted to know if MSP set any cold weather records. No. We counted up 3 records for the metro: the warmest low on December 14 (43F), a record high on December 15 (51), and a snowfall record for January 8 (3 inches).
I don't see any big slush storms, just a temperature correct with 40s this week, 30s possible by the weekend. It'll be cold enough for snow but prevailing winds keep us dry, with few exceptions. The same old song and dance. Expect a chilly bias, maybe a few flakes or snow showers the next 2 weeks, but nothing Boston-like.
108.6 inches has fallen in Boston, a new all-time record. Mayor Marty Walsh tweeted: "Superbowls, World Series, Stanley Cups and snowfall records. We are truly a title city. There will be no parade."
Go big or go home, right?
TODAY: Bright sun, seasonably cool. Winds: NW 15. High: 45
TUESDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear and brisk. Low: 30
WEDNESDAY: Clouds increase, light mix late? High: 43
THURSDAY: Gray, cool and damp. Wake-up: 31. High: 44
FRIDAY: Another clipper. Late slushy mix? Wake-up: 29. High: 45
SATURDAY: Partly sunny, turning colder. Wake-up: 27. High: 35
SUNDAY: Blue sky, light winds. Still chilly. Wake-up: 21. High: 37
MONDAY: Unsettled, rain/snow showers. Wake-up: 27. High: near 40
Photo credit above: "Samuel, only his first name given, kicks a ball through the ruins of their family home as his father, Phillip, at back, picks through the debris in Port Vila, Vanuatu in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam Monday, March 16, 2015. Vanuatu's President Baldwin Lonsdale said Monday that the cyclone that hammered the tiny South Pacific archipelago over the weekend was a "monster" that has destroyed or damaged 90 percent of the buildings in the capital and has forced the nation to start anew." (AP Photo/Dave Hunt, Pool)
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