Southern Minnesotans make the most of snowy spring day

If there’s a cure to the blues brought on by the late-April snow, it might just be Faribault’s Ida Morris, whose matching pink coat and hat pair with her personality.

“I do this all year,” she said. “I like to be colorful.”

Saturday’s color of the day in Steele and Rice Counties was white as a wintry mix turned into snow the farther south you went.

“I'm really looking forward to May and June,” Morris said. “I was thinking, 'no snow, we can wear our summer clothes.' Can’t do that today.”

When asked if the weather was driving her nuts, Andie Bierlen did not hesitate.

“Yes it is. We’re supposed to have a birthday party outside and it will be inside now,” Bierlen said.

In Owatonna, snow accumulated across town. It blanketed the vast farm fields and landed on cars just a few days before the calendar turns to May.

“It’s Minnesota,” said a resigned Michael Belting. “It’s one of those things.”

Belting added, “I was definitely hoping we were done for the year, but, you know, it’s four to five years ago we got one May 3rd.”

It wasn’t exactly ice fishing weather, but snow in Faribault didn’t keep one guy from casting a line in the river.

“It’s too warm for it to stick, but it’s still coming down,” Morris noted.

A snowy spring Saturday south of the metro didn’t rain on Morris’ parade.

“People don’t mind,” she said. “They just do what they have to do.”