The presence of snow has finally melted away in much of southern and central Minnesota with even those huge parking lot piles now starting to dwindle, but northern Minnesota is a far different story. With several inches to well over a foot still holding on in parts of the North Country, it still looks like winter. But thankfully with mild temperatures for a couple more days, the snow pack will continue to melt. Here is the current snow cover status as of midday Thursday.
The northern third or so of the state and much of northern Wisconsin are now the only remaining signs of winter across the Upper Midwest. Many of us feel that the melting of the snow pack is long overdue, but it is pretty incredible how far we have come in just over a month.
At the start of March, the state had an average snow pack of more than 18", and more than 4 feet in the Iron Range. Now, less than 5 weeks later, we are showing true signs of spring.