The weather never moves in a neat, straight line. At this latitude we rarely "stroll into spring." It's more of a drunken stagger. Two steps forward, one step back.

We pick up an average of 2.4 inches of snow in April, a trace of flakes in May. The last time we picked up more than an inch of snow in May was 1976. The reason I'm telling you this? May 2017 may start out with an inch or two of slushy snow on lawns, fields and dazed robins. The details are very much up in the air, but there's a potential for a plowable, 3-inch-plus snowfall from Alexandria to Bemidji to Hibbing, based on the latest ECMWF (European) model run. Oh boy.

No big worries today: the sun peeks out with highs topping 50 degrees. Progress. Saturday still looks like the nicer, drier, sunnier day of the weekend with mid 50s. Models spin up a big, sloppy southern storm Sunday, and a cold rain slowly mixes with wet snow. Monday may elicit a chorus of primal screams. Please resist the urge to dial 911.

We are paying a very steep price for lukewarm 60s back in mid-February. Atmospheric payback is a pain.