Cody Matz was born and raised a Minnesotan. Originally from Eagan, he spent his early years becoming a Minnesota sports fan and relishing in all things snow, including the famous Halloween Blizzard.
He moved away as a teenager to Arizona where he spent high school and the first couple years of college at Arizona State before transferring to Mississippi State to get his broadcast meteorology degree.
Cody’s first job was in Sioux Falls, South Dakota as the morning meteorologist, but then became the chief meteorologist for over 4 years.
In June of 2013 though, he finally got a chance to move back to his hometown and join the team at FOX 9 as the weekend morning meteorologist. Now you can see him most weekdays at 11 a.m., Saturday mornings, and anytime anyone on the weather team needs a day off.
Cody loves all things food, is an avid Crossfitter, and hangs out with his golden retriever named Copper.
Well, it finally happened. We finally had a March that wasn’t just an extension of winter. The last couple of years, March was characterized by cold and snow. This year, while we did have above average moisture, thanks to our late month rains, it was a bearable four weeks that started our spring transition much earlier than the last couple of years.
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Well, it’s that time of year again. The sure sign that we’ve turned the corner from winter’s wrath and are headed for the much warmer conditions of the spring and summer. It’s ice out season. Over the last decade or so, it’s really become the unofficial marker to spring, much like Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer. Our infatuation with it is a bit puzzling, but somehow it’s a big deal every year.
We are now roughly a week away from the start of April and in the prime spring flood season, so where’s all of this much anticipated high water?
Despite our recent warm weather and the reprieve in our snow over the last couple of weeks, the season isn’t even close to ending. Since February 1st, the Twin Cities has seen roughly 8 inches of snow. A far cry different from what we experienced during the same time last year. During that same time, we saw more than 8 times that number, topping 4 FEET of snow in 6 weeks.
March in Minnesota has started VERY mild. Daily high temperatures have already hit the 60s, which is a solid two weeks ahead of average, and amazingly, there hasn’t been a flake of snow in sight, something that is a far cry different from the last couple of years.
That is a question that houses so much meaning as we head into what is likely to be the warmest weekend in months and could eliminate all but traces of snow left in central and southern Minnesota.
Nov. 26 was the last time there was less than an inch of snow on the ground officially in the Twin Cities. That is a streak of 98 days, and that streak just ended.
There may still be more than a foot of snow on the ground in many spots around Minnesota, but the season is already changing in the south and part of the East Coast. After one of the warmest winters on record from the Gulf Coast to the Mid Atlantic, leaves are already popping on plants and some trees. This sounds like it would be glorious, but could end in disaster for much of the vegetation in these areas if temps turn colder in the upcoming weeks.
We have now surpassed the heart of winter and are coming out the other side. The issue will now transition from the bitter Arctic cold, to the melting of every single snowflake that has fallen this winter. The North Central River Forecast Center has issued their spring flood outlook for Minnesota and the surrounding states, and it’s not good news. Deep dense snowpack can be found in many areas of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the eastern Dakotas and that sets the stage for drastically rising river levels when it finally starts to melt and then runs into area waterways.