Minnesota is melting...slowly "We'll make a run at 50 today in the metro for the first time in nearly four months," writes Paul Huttner on Updraft. "A milder start and plenty of sun will give us a good shot. The deep snow cover will be the limiting factor to just how warm we can get. Most of Minnesota is still living on a glacier."
The Pacific air mass overhead is plenty mild enough to support temps well into the 50s today in southwest Minnesota, with 70s again today in western Iowa and Nebraska.March 10, 2014
Frozen lakes, deep winter take a toll on swans, other wildlife Deep snow and record cold have taken an unusual toll on wildlife this winter. With lakes so deeply frozen this year, swans and other birds are having a hard time finding open water. "They have to stand on ice a lot more than they usually would have to. And that's really hard on their feet," said Agnes Hutchinson of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.March 7, 2014
March starts cold but a warm-up is on the way It's a continuation of a long, cold winter which has left a snow depth that hasn't been seen in many parts of the state since 1950. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about a frigid and snowy start for March in Minnesota.March 7, 2014
El Nino could ease US weather woes but cause big problems, too The warming, called an El Nino, is expected to lead to fewer Atlantic hurricanes and more rain next winter for drought-stricken California and southern states, and even a milder winter for the nation's frigid northern tier next year, meteorologists say.March 6, 2014
Milder temps moving in, Great Lakes ice nears record It makes perfect sense. Throw the coldest winter in 35 years at the Upper Midwest and you get the greatest ice cover in 35 years on the Great Lakes. A full 91.8 percent of the Great Lakes is now ice choked. Outside of that, however, it looks like a warming trend is on the way.March 6, 2014
9th coldest winter eases with 30s ahead We warm up this week, but pay for it with a few snowy dustings. The first wave of light snow rolls in this afternoon and evening. It should be less than an inch in most areas but keeps streets slick this evening.March 3, 2014
St. Paul has exceeded snow removal budget Mayor Chris Coleman says cold temperatures have prevented the snow from melting, exacerbating the situation. "All I can think of is this is the winter of our discontent that simply refuses to end, apparently," Coleman said.February 28, 2014