By Todd Nelson, filling in for Douglas
Happy first day of March and meteorological spring! Believe it or not, we've just endured the coldest three months on average here in the Northern Hemisphere. Despite the 25th-warmest December and 12th-warmest January on record, the Twin Cities saw near average temps over the three-month period thanks to an abnormally cold February that ranked in the Top 10 since records began in the late 1800s.
The metro picked up an inch or two of snow on Sunday morning, which brought the three-month total to around 26 inches, finishing nearly a half-foot below normal during that period.
The golden snow shovel award goes to Pleasant Lake, Minn., where 8.5 inches fell just south of St. Cloud on Sunday morning.
Today will feature a brisk northwesterly wind with temps running nearly 10 to 15 degrees below average. It'll be a quick cold blip. Readings will rise to well above average levels tomorrow and will remain there through the rest of the week and weekend ahead.
Don't be surprised if Spring Fever sets in at some point during the first half of March.