Much warmer temperatures and widespread one to two inches of rain over the 2 weeks has taken snowmelt to a whole new level. In roughly 10 days, the metro has gone from a 19-inch snowpack, down to just a trace in one of the faster dips in spring snow pack we have seen. Much of the state has seen similar drops in snow pack from a peak of 27 inches in Duluth on the 10th, to about a foot Saturday morning. St Cloud and Eau Claire continue to dwindling as well, with peak snow pack In both spots of nearly 2 feet… now both are below 6 inches
While most of the metro is now pretty much snow free, with our parking lot and side of house snow pile being the exceptions, it won’t take greater Minnesota real long to get snow free either. It’s looking quite likely that most of Minnesota will be snow free by April 1st, with the few exceptions being across northwest Minnesota and along parts of the Iron Range. This would be good news for farmers because the fields need to dry out and warm up before planting can begin. As amazing as it sounds, the “typical” time many farmers begin planting crops is just about 3 or 4 weeks away.