The Groundhog was wrong: Coldest first day of spring since 1965


Where were you at 6:02 a.m.?

That's when spring officially arrived today, right about the time that many Minnesotans were bundling up in their biggest coats to head out into near-zero temperatures.

If it seems a lot frostier and snowier than usual this time of year, that's because it is – the coldest start to spring since 1965. Among the cold hard facts from WCCO: The last time Minnesota had this much snow on the ground this late in the winter was 1971.

And this: Wednesday will be the fifth day in a row that the mercury never crept above freezing.

The Twin Cities on Wednesday might hit a high temperature of 21, a good 20 degrees colder than normal, KARE 11 reports.

The metro temperature will creep above freezing on Saturday with a high of 33, WCCO reports. The Twin Cities could top 40 degrees by Tuesday, KARE reports.

But hey, the boys of summer are warming up ... baseball is right around the corner. The Twins season opener is April 1. KSTP has video of workers hosing down all the snow at Target Field. The Pioneer Press's Ben Garvin had some great photos of the snow-encrusted stadium.

Will all this snow help ease the state's drought? Probably not, the Mankato Free Press reports. All that frozen ground beneath the snowpack is still parched. April showers will be important to soaking that dry ground, the newspaper reports.

Here's more about the astronomical start to spring: The equinox is the moment at which Earth’s axis tilts neither away from nor toward the sun, which means there are nearly equal periods of daylight and darkness on this day around the planet, the Washington Post reports in a weather blog.

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