Foley, MN - Trisha Millner Welker
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- For weeks the threat of winter loomed, and now it's finally here, well sort of.
On Sunday morning, St. Cloud and the surrounding areas and received their first snowfall since May, unofficially kicking off winter in Central Minnesota.
"This is a psychological event more than a meteorological event," St. Cloud State University meteorology professor Bob Weisman said.
Weisman noted that the snow probably won't be sticking around.
"It looks like it's going to considerably let up in the next hour and that's going to be most of it," he said.
Sunday's snowfall could be the start of a chilly week, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures aren't expected to rise above the mid-forties in the coming days, though no more snow or rain is expected until Saturday.
"There's going to be frequent chances of precipitation (Sunday) and it's still going to be cold enough (to possibly snow)," Weisman said. "But after tonight it looks like it will calm down."
St. Cloud's last significant snowfall came in April. During that month, the area accumulated 17.9 inches of snow, making it one of the snowiest Aprils on record, according to the National Weather Service. Last May, 0.5 inches of snow were recorded.
Sunday's snowfall might be enough to give some the winter blues, but Weisman said that it's not necessarily an indication of a long and snowy winter. In fact, all signs really only point to one thing for certain - meteorologist are uncertain what the next few months will bring.
"Everything I've seen for the long-range forecast ... was all depending on an El Nino that never happened, so everything's been wrong over the last five to six months," Weisman said.
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