April winter storm breaks 2 all-state records

Marion Renault

After last year's early spring, this year's mid-April winter storms, some say, are simply unfair.

Minnesota's most recent storm broke two state records, according to Mark Seeley, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate professor for the University of Minnesota.

In an interview with MPR, he said that both the rainfall Wednesday and Thursday's 13 inches of snow broke all-time state records.

"It's not often that you see two state records in one week," he said.

According to Paul Douglas, meteorologist for the Star Tribune, going from "ankle-deep slush to 70s" could result in nasty weather this summer.

A sharper change from cold to warm temperatures, he said, could create stronger winds and therefore more tornadoes.

While this past week's storm is winding down, another is one the horizon.

Periods of sleet, snow and rain are expected Sunday, although with little or no accumulation; Seeley suggested another storm would arrive later this week.

Winter is not yet over, Seeley warned.

"Keep your mindset firm in tolerating winter," he said.