Snow adds up as storm moves north
Snow isn’t out of the forecast, but acculumation shouldn’t add up to the snowfall of Sunday’s spring storm.
Snowfall ranged from trace amounts to nearly a foot, depending on where the temperature dropped as continuous rain fell.
National Weather Service (NWS) recorded snow depths included:
• 11 inches — Chisholm.
• 7 inches — Grand Rapids.
• 5.5 inches — Hackensack.
• 5 inches — Deer River.
• 4.5 inches — Leader.
• 3 inches — Cass Lake.
• 3.10 inches — 7 miles
northwest of Brainerd.
• 2 inches — Brainerd.
• 1 inch — Walker.
Temperatures struggled to get out of the 30s Monday. The snow may have piled up in Brainerd had the air temperature dropped earlier as rain pelted the lakes area. The overnight low was above freezing most of the night. The low temperature for the day was recorded after 6 a.m. Monday, although light snow started falling about 2 a.m., according to the National Weather Service records.
The heavy wet snow took down trees and power lines in Itaska County and Cass counties with power outages reported throughout the counties.
In Brainerd, the average last day of snowfall is April 2, according to weather service records.
Crow Wing Power crews were called out about 3 a.m. Char Kinzer, Crow Wing Power public relations manager, said first rain, ice and then snow proved too much for some trees and power lines and customers without power kept being added to the list. About 800 clients were without power but crews whittled that list down to 20 by late afternoon and expected to have all power restored by the end of the day.
Northern communities, such as Pequot Lakes, reported roads were a challenge at times with a few vehicles crashes, but nothing serious was reported.
Temperatures were forecast to rebound to nearly 60 degrees Tuesday with sunny skies. A chance of thunderstorms returns Tuesday night mostly after 1 a.m. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. There’s a 40 percent chance showers will continue Wednesday morning, mainly before 1 p.m. with a high of 55 degrees. A slight chance of snow returns Thursday night as temperatures dip to 30 degrees at night.
For the coming weekend, Sunday may be the better outdoor day with partly sunny skies and a high of 59 degrees after a cooler and perhaps partly sunny Saturday that includes a chance of showers.
After a March so warm it rewrote the record highs in cities in 25 states, April has been below normal on a number of days.
The normal highs for this time in April typically reach the mid to upper 50s. Brainerd was in the 70s on Saturday afternoon. But that isn’t a temperature that is likely to be repeated this week, the NWS reports.