We won't forget this winter anytime soon, right? Wait, it's spring? [checks notes] You're right. Who knew? I'm convinced the great snow machine in the sky is broken, stuck in the on-position. Talk about a character-building stretch of weather. If it's any consolation (it's not) we are setting winter snowfall records left and right, new records that probably won't be broken again anytime soon!
As of 1am this morning the Twin Ports official winter snowfall at the Duluth National Weather Service had risen to 138.3", smashing the old record of 135.4" back in 1995-96. That number will go up today, possibly reaching 140" by Saturday morning, by the time snow finally tapers off.
Roughly 3" of snow fell on the Twin Ports overnight, with closer to 5" at Hibbing and Brainerd. Check out the latest snow accumulations here, courtesy of our friends at NOAA. Much of the precipitation yesterday fell as sleet and freezing rain, keeping snowfall totals down. Had it been a few degrees colder yesterday we would be digging out from well over a foot of new snow right now. Good grief.
But wait, there's more (snow). Not a lot, maybe another inch or two by daybreak Saturday, with 3-4" up on the Iron Range, as the storm finally relaxes its wintry stranglehold on the Northland. The European model (above) has been fairly consistent and accurate with snowfall totals.
Is this winter's last gasp? Probably, but I may have said something similar 2 weeks ago. We shall see.
Chilly weather lingers into early next week but your backyard thermometer will not be able to resist the tug of a higher sun angle. It HAS to warm up in the coming weeks, and it will. Temperatures rise well into the 50s to near 60F by the time we limp into May.
Mud Season will reluctantly give way to chirping robins, blooming daffodils and the first mosquito sightings of 2023. Something to look forward to.
Winters in the Northland are always tough, but this year has been more character-building than usual. 138.3" and counting! Well over 13 FEET of snow. Yep, we got our Winter Mojo back....