With yet another snowfall adding to the accumulating base, this winter is becoming a snow sport enthusiast's favorite and a snow shoveler's dilemma on just where to put it all.
The latest winter storm is expected to deposit 2-3 inches of snow across most of Cass and Wadena counties and 3-4 inches for most of Crow Wing, Morrison and Aitkin counties. The storm totals could split Todd County in half with the southern end getting the most snow. The heaviest snowfall with this storm could be dropping as much as much as a foot of snow in Wisconsin. There is a 40 percent chance for more snow showers in the lakes region after 7 p.m. Wednesday continuing into Thursday, mainly before 7 a.m. After an anticipated return of sunshine Friday and Saturday, the chance for snow returns Sunday.
And March is yet to come.
Looking at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data for monthly climate normals for Brainerd from 1981 to 2010, the area typically receives about 7 inches of snow in February, 8.4 inches in March and 3.4 inches in April.
With snowfall totals trending above normal this winter, the temperature continues to be colder. The normal daytime high this time of year is 26 degrees. By the end of February, the normal high temperature rises to 32 degrees. Tuesday may top out at 23 degrees followed by a high of 20 degrees Wednesday. After that, the forecast calls for highs in the mid- to upper teens through the rest of the week and into the weekend. Monday's high may stop at 10 degrees.
Interestingly, the weather service records show the snow depth was zero as of this date in 2016. Looking at the National Weather Service almanac records for Brainerd, the current snow depth is 17 inches-not counting the most recent snowfall-and that compares to the record of 35 inches of snow on the ground in 1969.