Seven week cold spell

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Apr 18, 2013 at 6:54 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) Weather data shows central Minnesota is in the midst of a cold spell that's now entering its eighth week.

Since February 27th, the daytime high temperature in St. Cloud has exceeded the normal high only twice--and in each case--it was one degree warmer than normal. 

The high on March 9th was 36 degrees. The normal high that day was 35. March 30th saw a high of 48, with a normal high of 47. 

Every other day since late February has been below normal--and in many cases--double-digits below normal. 

The temperature has exceeded 40 degrees only once in the last nine days, even though our average high is now 58 degrees, and the normal high by this Sunday is 60.

All these weather numbers come as central Minnesota prepares for even more snow. A Winter Storm Warning is posted through ten o'clock Friday morning.  Five to nine inches of snow is possible.

St. Cloud has received 65 inches of snow this season, 28.6 inches since March 1st and 12 inches this month. 

Duluth could set a new April record for snowfall. The record for the month is 31.6 inches set in 1950. Nearly 24 inches has already fallen this month--and more is on the way.  

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