By this time of the year the sun is getting higher in the sky; setting just north of west these days. The stronger sun means it's harder to get snow to stick. But don't get me wrong! We can still see crazy snow events in April. The greatest snowfall for the month of April was 21.8" in 1983.
Nonetheless, winter may be on its way out. Severe weather, not snow, has been the talk within the weather community. The focus is now on what could be an active severe weather season this year.
The mountain bike trails are thawing fast. Recent frost depth analysis indicates zero frost at many locations. With the rain this weekend the trails will be extra soggy for an extended time.
Heaviest rain and highest totals are expected to stay south of the metro trails. Carver Lake Park and Lebanon Hills may get a healthy half inch but no more. One inch amounts stay closer to the I-90 corridor as a slow moving storm passes from St.Louis to Chicago over the weekend. A lack of deep cold air keeps this as all rain.
A Return of Spring
It may not feel like spring now, but it will come next week. The GFS model hints at 60 degrees Thursday of next week. The off-road trails may be closed for now, but at least conditions warm for a nice road ride!
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