May 20, 2019 09:38 AM
Parts of northern Minnesota were hit with snow Sunday, coming as a surprise to those who weren't expecting to see it at this point in May.
Duluth TV station WDIO reported that the National Weather Service said it was the latest in May Duluth has recorded over an inch of snow.
Poplar, Wisconsin saw 5.9 inches. Cloquet received 1.5 inches, and the total in Duluth was 2.4 inches.
"As a meteorologist, it’s wild to see snow this late in May. As a personal feeling, I don't like it. I don't like snow in May. It’s time for spring,” said Mike Stewart, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
Stewart said cooler air was to blame for the mini winter wonderland.
"The colder air stayed over the area a lot longer than we expected," he said. "Once the precipitation moved up North, the temperature dropped two to three degrees and that's why we started getting this snow."
May 19 isn't the latest date that Duluth has gotten snow. The community got a bit of snow at the end of May back in the 1960's.
"The record of any accumulating snow is 0.4 inches on May 28, 1965,” Stewart said.
Sunday's snow made roads across the Northland slushy and wet, causing several accidents. There were also reports of power outages.
The good news is the snow will be gone quickly with temperatures around 60 forecast in the area for Monday.
Created: May 20, 2019 09:38 AM
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