winter weather

Monday Snowfall Totals

March 13, 2017 0 Comments

The storm system that felt like a March version of a mid winter clipper system has moved out, leaving behind bright, cold sunshine and a fresh coating of fluffy snow across the entire viewing area. Snowfall totals ranged from a few inches in the north to nearly a feet in the southern part of our […]

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Taking stock of the snow so far this season and looking ahead to the first few days of 2017

December 28, 2016 0 Comments
Taking stock of the snow so far this season and looking ahead to the first few days of 2017

I’ve heard some chatter on social media and around town lately that this has been a mild winter so far, with “not enough snow.” Well, at least from a climatological perspective, that’s a wrong assessment. In fact, we’ve received about 3 inches of snow more than we normally would expect through December 27th in Rochester. […]

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What’s the deal with a Blizzard Warning when we’re not getting much snow?

February 7, 2016 0 Comments
What’s the deal with a Blizzard Warning when we’re not getting much snow?

Fittingly, a Blizzard Warning has been issued for parts of southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. The question you might have, however, is how there can be a Blizzard Warning when we’re only looking at a half inch to 1.5″ accumulation of snow. On the high end, there may be a pocket or two where snowfall […]

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An active week ahead as we approach the holidays

December 21, 2015 0 Comments
An active week ahead as we approach the holidays

As we move through the second half of December with Christmas just ahead of us, our weather pattern looks to stay “active”, but also mostly mild which means liquid precipitation and even ice at times to go with a couple of shots at actually measuring some snow. The jet stream aloft is in a zonal […]

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The mild spell continues

December 7, 2015 0 Comments
The mild spell continues

The calendar reads “December,” but for all intents and purposes it might as well say “November” as our brown ground and 40 something temperatures are essentially holdovers from last month and it looks like we may stay on the “un-December-like” side of things for a while longer. In a typical early to mid December, we’d […]

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Winter storm on the way to end November

November 28, 2015 0 Comments
Winter storm on the way to end November

A winter storm watch has been issued for the areas along and west of I-35 in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. The watch runs from 6 am Monday to 6 pm Tuesday in Minnesota and 6 am Monday to 6 am Tuesday in Iowa. There is no indication yet as to whether a watch will […]

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A quiet start to Thanksgiving week

November 23, 2015 0 Comments
A quiet start to Thanksgiving week

After a cold, but sun filled weekend, slightly warmer air is trickling into the region to start the new work week as skies look to remain fairly dry and sunny. Given the amount of snow pack in north Iowa and far southern Minnesota, however, some spots will enjoy less of the warmth than others over […]

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Messy Outlook In Play For Tuesday/Wednesday

March 23, 2015 0 Comments
Messy Outlook In Play For Tuesday/Wednesday

We saw large snow accumulations all across our area on Sunday night and we have another chance for some wintry precipitation coming on Tuesday night. A low pressure system tracking eastward across the Great Plains has a katafront (a front with precipitation preceding it) associated with it and that is bringing rain and wintry mix […]

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Spring begins on a mild note, but colder weather lies ahead for the weekend

March 20, 2015 0 Comments
Spring begins on a mild note, but colder weather lies ahead for the weekend

Spring begins today (Friday) with some April-like weather in our region thanks to a surge of warmer air that is blowing in ahead of an approaching cold front to the north. As much as we need rainfall, that instead will be staying to our northeast along this front, but the colder air from Canada will definitely not […]

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Arctic air for a few days, then a blast of early spring warmth

March 4, 2015 0 Comments
Arctic air for a few days, then a blast of early spring warmth

It’s been almost three full months since our last round of 40 degree warmth, but that string may be snapped within the next week as warmer air is expected to finally sweep into the area, helping us push the mercury out of the deep freeze and into the more March-like 30s and possibly even 40s. It’s […]

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