Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

In Minnesota: A welcome weekend weather break from winter February 1, 2016

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Just outside of Faribault driving south on Interstate 35 toward Owatonna early Sunday afternoon.

Just outside of Faribault driving south on Interstate 35 toward Owatonna early Sunday afternoon.

WINTER EXITED MINNESOTA this weekend, ushering in a glimpse of spring. And it was glorious—this temporary respite from cold and snow.

 

Interstate 35, 6 driving south toward Owatonna

 

Temps rose above forty degrees. The sun shone. Cardinals shrilled. Snow melted into slushy puddles. And I walked across parking lots in a sweater rather than winter coat.

 

Interstate 35, 7 driving south toward Owatonna

 

I needed a weekend like this drenched mostly in sunshine, blue streaking through clouds, patches of blue sky pushing away clouds.

 

To the west of Interstate 35, clouds billow above snow-washed fields.

To the west of Interstate 35, clouds billow above snow-washed fields.

As my husband and I drove south toward Owatonna early Sunday afternoon, I couldn’t get enough of the sky.

 

Interstate 35, 11 driving south toward Owatonna

 

I’m holding onto those images now that the weather is about to change with a strong winter storm predicted for Tuesday. My county of Rice is under a Winter Storm Watch while counties to the south and west are under a Blizzard Watch.

 

Large swatches of blue sky prevailed to the west of the Interstate.

Large swatches of blue sky prevailed to the west of the Interstate.

I knew this weekend’s spring-like weather wouldn’t last.

Blue skies accentuate fighter jets at Owatonna Degner Regional Airport along the Interstate.

Blue skies accentuate fighter jets at Owatonna Degner Regional Airport along the Interstate.

It never does here in Minnesota in January.

© Copyright 2016 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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30 Responses to “In Minnesota: A welcome weekend weather break from winter”

  1. Dan Traun Says:

    It certainly was a nice to feel the warmer temps. This winter has been pretty good so far; I hope that continues and then leaves us quickly in a month or two.

  2. ***drenched mostly in sunshine***

    I second that, Audrey!

    Mother Nature was teasing us!

    How heavenly. xx

  3. Beth Ann Says:

    Oh I recognize those places especially the last picture! We are going to be in the mid 60’s today so I am hoping our driveway finally gets all the snow melted off the sides and we can see all of our grass in our yard again. 🙂 Chris was supposed to fly into Rochester today but canceled that trip because of the impending storm coming that way. I am happy to have him home instead!!! Stay safe up there!

  4. Almost Iowa Says:

    It was glorious! But you are right, we are staring down the barrel of a blizzard. NOA is predicting a foot of snow for the border area -with high winds to blow it around.

    You got to expect blizzards in early February – but the ones in March, April and May……. [groan]

  5. Gunny Says:

    “batten down the hatches!” You got that right Audrey!

    Just think, just south of you all off of I-35, there were clear skies and a temperature of 84 degrees! Come on down and enjoy the tacos!

  6. Jackie Says:

    We have to be reminded that it is still winter here in Minnesota no matter how much one want to wish it away. I’m so excited about the upcoming snow fall that is expected although every time I hear a weather report it, it seems to diminish the amount we can expect. I enjoyed your blue sky pictures… seems like the gray skies have won-over the last few weeks. Stay safe my friend, Happy Monday.

  7. Don Says:

    Weather can make an optimist or pessimist out of people!

  8. This is exactly what I love about Minnesota – the variability. Even as I enjoyed this past weekend’s warmth, I still love watching it snow. I still love stepping out into snow that no one else has made tracks in. Even at the beginning of February. I do acknowledge, however, that the Twin Cities is not under a blizzard watch or warning for tomorrow, so I suppose that makes a little bit of a difference!

  9. Great pictures. I enjoyed seeing the sunshine too.

  10. hotlyspiced Says:

    I’m so glad you had a little respite from the cold. It must have been therapeutic to just have that little bit of time in the sunshine, even if there wasn’t much warmth in the sun xx

  11. As your son has probably told you (rubbed it in a little?) we’ve had an amazingly nice start to the season, just like last year but so far they’re not calling for an endng like that one.. Thank goodness..


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