Late Winter Snow

March 11, 2002


Provided by: Martin Ruzek, USRA
Summary authors & editors: Martin Ruzek

An icy outbreak of arctic air combined with moisture from the Gulf of Mexico last week to drop a foot of much needed snow and more on parts of the upper midwest. The calm and clear dawn of March 4 following the storm held the coldest weather of this winter season for parts of Wisconsin and Minnesota (-12 F/-24 C in the photo above). Temperatures climbed later in the week ahead of another low pressure system that also brought snow to nothern Wisconsin and a wintery mix farther south, along with high winds and the first thunderstorms of the year. March came in like a lion, prompting hopes for a lamb's exit.

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