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Mark Anthony

Weather: Snow a scarce commodity this winter

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As the trend has been pretty much this entire winter, there is a chance of one to two inches of snow across southern Minnesota Wednesday into Wednesday night. All across central and northern Minnesota the lack of snow and the mild temperatures are melting what little snowpack there is across the state.

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As of Monday, the southern half of the state of Minnesota had anywhere from no snow on the ground to about an inch of snow. Areas around Park Rapids and Walker reported about one to four inches of snow on the ground.

The Bemidji area and points north to the Canadian border were reporting about three to six inches of snow. The locations with the most snow on the ground were in the extreme northeastern part of the state with about eight to ten inches of snow on the ground.

Finally, it sure is good to see the days getting longer. Over the past week we have added about 21 minutes of daylight as we are picking-up about three minutes of daylight each day. The sun is setting now near 6 p.m. and rising just past 7 a.m. This fact is a sure sign that spring is fast approaching!

Have a great week!

Weather facts

Your chances of being struck by lightning are estimated to be 1 in 600,000.

Weather history

On this date in weather history in 1921 warm air push across Minnesota and "thunderstorms were reported across the southern portion of the state." Winona, for example, had a high of 67. Many spots in central, west central, and northern Minnesota were also in the 50s and 60s for highs.

Minnesota at a glance

Moorhead: Low 13; High 30.

Duluth: Low 15; High 34.

Park Rapids: Low 16; High 33.

Twin Cities: Low 22; High 39.

Rochester: Low 23; High 35.

Marshall: Low 20; High 40.

Wednesday

Partly cloudy and mild with a chance of snow across southern Minnesota. High 33; Low 17. Winds: SE 5-15 mph. Precipitation: Trace - .10".

Today's sunrise: 7:25 a.m. Today's sunset: 5:48 p.m. Normal high: 24. Normal low: 7.

Thursday: Partly cloudy. High 33; Low 14. Winds: W 10-15 mph. Precipitation: None.

Friday: Mostly sunny and cooler. High 23; Low 4. Winds: NW 5-15 mph. Precipitation: None.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 19; Low 13. Winds: N 5-15 mph. Precipitation: None.

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