Waking up to a fresh 8" of snow in April is enough to rattle even the most hardcore fatbiker. Still, a late season snow like this is no match for that strong April sun.
Most of the snow you see outside your window today will be gone by next week. Especially with 60 degrees in the forecast Wednesday!
Personally, I am hopeful this is winter's last hurrah. I am yearning for dirt on snow-free singletrack. Looking at the top April snowstorms, however, it's not unusual to see snow late into April. Yikes.
Top April Snowstorms
1.) April 14, 1983 13.6"
2.) April 27-28, 1907 13.0"
3.) April 19-21, 1893 10.0"
These totals put our recent snow event to shame. The metro came away with 6-8 inches while areas just north received closer to 10 inches with our latest storm making it one of the top 10 biggest snowstorms in April history.
Gotta remember that not everybody is sour about the latest snowstorm.
We've endured our 10th most severe winter according to the DNR'S Winter Misery Index. "Severe" is a general term. For the bicycle community, it was a season of exponential growth. More Minnesotans were on their winter bikes than ever before. For a person who loves a good bike photo, take a look back at one of the "most prolific season for cold weather cyclists on record".
The weather should behave this week for the 30 Days of Biking. Only hiccup will be Monday-Tuesday with a chance of rain changing to light rain/snow mix. Nothin' we can't handle!
Saturday: Sunny. H: 45 Wind: S 5-10
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. L: 34
Sunday: Partly cloudy. H: 55 L: 41 Wind: SW 2-4
Monday: Rain. H: 55 L: 36 Wind: N 10
Tuesday: Light rain and snow. H: 51 L: 38 Wind: NW 10
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. H: 63 L: 45 Wind: SW 10-15
Thursday: Partly sunny, breezy. H: 55 L: 35 Wind: NW 15-20
Friday: Mostly sunny. H: 55 L: 35 Wind: NW 4
Summer brings warm afternoons perfect for biking, but the summer heat and humidity can also spark thunderstorms and severe weather. Be prepared for any type of adverse weather headed your way with Aeris Pulse.
NWS Twin Cities Weather Story