Cold start to November in lakes area: Snow should melt with higher temps
The Brainerd lakes area is covered in snow and already colder than normal, with wintry weather just beginning as November creeps up to the halfway mark.
Temperatures hovered around the teens and low 20s late last week, with Saturday, Nov. 10, only seeing an average of 13. These numbers are about 11-19 degrees lower than the averages for this time of year, according to Dean Melde, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Duluth.
The weekend's cold temperatures brought snow with them, as Melde said the lakes area saw between 1.5-2 inches of accumulation during the day Saturday and overnight until about 7 a.m. Sunday. Snow kept falling slowly but steadily through Sunday.
Average snowfall for the first 10 days in November is 1.8 inches, Melde said, and this November is slightly above the norm with about 2.1 inches through Saturday. At this time last year, however, the lakes area saw 3 inches.
"So colder than normal? Yeah," Melde said. "Very unusual? No."
Despite the white blanket over the area now, above-freezing mid-week temperatures might mean lakes area residents can hold off on digging their shovels out of storage for now.
Monday and Tuesday will likely be cold enough for the snow to stay, Melde said, but little to no snow is in the forecast for those days, and he expects temperatures to rise to the high 30s Wednesday and low 40s Thursday, warm enough for the snow to melt.
As with every winter, snowfall and low temperatures mean increased hazards on the roads for drivers.
"Early in the year, I think people really need to probably go slower than they even think they need to," Melde said, noting vehicle tires can be more worn than drivers might remember from last winter.
"Just basic safety rules. Take it slow."