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By CBS 3 Meteorologist Dave Anderson
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Near normal temperatures to finally usher in spring in Minnesota


Bethany Helwig

Spring seems to be here. If not real spring, at least the promise of spring, is finally in the air after a good five months of winter. But, I'm still waiting for the other shoe to drop. Last year, the last blizzard blasted us on April 23rd. Spring never seems to be a sure thing around here. Only winter is a sure thing it seems.

What a winter we're shaking off! Some towns set snow records and others got close to the state low record. The Cotton area only missed it by four degrees. Temperature stats for the first part of 2019 prove that cold point: March was 1.0 degree colder than normal despite a couple of nice warm spells, February was 4.5 degrees colder than normal and January was 2.6 degrees colder than normal.

April should come back up pretty close to normal finally. It is estimated the month will average one degree warmer than normal. Rain should be around two inches which is normal for this time of year.

The forecast for the month includes the following trends: April 1-6 will be generally showery with occasional light showers and mild temperatures, April 7-12 could be sunny but cool, April 13-17 could be showery and cool, April 18-25 might be sunny with a warm spell and April 26-30 could return to showery and cool conditions.

Right now, there are no indications of an April blizzard but of course, nature can easily trump the best laid plans of mice and meteorologists. Please keep an eye on the sky in case one does brew up.

I always say long range forecasting is about as accurate as flipping a coin but here goes anyway for the rest of spring and the following summer: May will be cooler and rainier than normal. Summer will be slightly cooler than normal but there will be some hot spots in late June, late July, and early to mid-August.


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