Warm start to spring as Minnesota likely to end March with above normal temps

Those March prep sports tournament snowstorms are few and far between of late.
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Meteorological spring began the first day of March, but the official first day of spring doesn't arrive until next Saturday, March 20. But who cares when Minnesota is basking in the glory of spring-like temperatures in early March?

After a snowstorm barrels through southern Minnesota on Sunday night and Monday, temps in the Twin Cities and much of Minnesota are expected to quickly rebound into the upper 40s by Wednesday before potentially climbing into the 50s for the weekend. 

What's more is that the Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a strong likelihood for above normal temperatures throughout Minnesota through the end of the month. 

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It'll also likely be mostly dry across the entire state after the Sunday night-Monday winter storm moves through. Four to eight inches of snow could fall where the heavy band of precipitation sets up Sunday night into Monday morning, and the best chance for that is currently in southwest and far south-central parts of the state. 

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Beyond Monday, another system looks poised to move south of Minnesota, though far southern parts of the state could get nicked on Wednesday-Thursday. Then it looks completely dry until at least early the following week, according to the National Weather Service. 

Overall, March 2021 is shaping up to be very similar to March 2020 in the Twin Cities, when the average high temp was 45 degrees and more rain (2.41 inches) fell than snow (1.3 inches). 

When is the last time the Twin Cities was hit by a major snowstorm in March? Here are the biggest single-day snowfalls in the Twin Cities in March over the past 15 years. 

  • 2020: 0.8 inches
  • 2019: 5.6 inches
  • 2018: 3.6 inches
  • 2017: 3.4 inches
  • 2016: 3.7 inches
  • 2015: 3.1 inches
  • 2014: 1.2 inches
  • 2013: 5.4 inches
  • 2012: 0.8 inches
  • 2011: 4.1 inches
  • 2010: 0.0 inches
  • 2009: 1.0 inches
  • 2008: 5.5 inches
  • 2007: 9.0 inches
  • 2006: 9.9 inches
  • 2005: 5.3 inches

Yep, the last time a major storm struck the metro in March was 2007. The Twin Cities was hit with 9 inches on March 1 that year, with another 2 inches falling the next day. 

Minnesota is known for its prep sports tournament snowstorms, but they have been few and far between for quite some time now. April, however, is a different story in recent years. 

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