Enough Snow Already?
Apparently, mother nature thinks we need more snow! Looking at the forecast with a Winter Storm Watch for Monday night and Tuesday we could get another 4 to 7 inches of snow. Driving around Faribault you have to be very careful. There are some city streets that the plowed snow on the side of the street is so high it is difficult to see oncoming traffic. However, we are not even close to a record snow depth.
The record snow depth for this time of year is around 22 inches. The last official reading at the Southern Research and Outreach Center at Waseca was taken on February 7, 2019, at only 8 inches. Even with the snow today and another 7 inches Monday we still will not set the record snow depth.
The soil frost depth is now about 19 inches. It is not as deep as you would think with all the cold temperatures because of the snow. The soil temperature at the 2, 4 and 8-inch depth is around 26 degrees! How long has it been since we saw a temperature of 26 degrees? This really shows the insulating properties of snow!