Editorial: Spring is almost here — or at least we hope

Published 7:46 pm Monday, March 18, 2019

Wednesday marks the first day of spring — at least on the calendar.

While we still have lots of snow on the ground in much of the community, some grass is starting to surface, and warmer weather is on the horizon.

Albert Lea has had a colder and snowier winter than normal, and March hasn’t fully eased up.

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The temperatures this month have been well below the average of 36.6 degrees for the high and 19.7 degrees for the low, according to the National Weather Service. The city thus far this month has seen an average high temperature of 25.3 degrees and an average low of 10.1 — roughly about 10 degrees cooler than we typically see during the month of March.

Though the temperatures have been below normal, the snow has been pretty average with 4 inches of new snow. The normal amount this month is 4.1 inches.

Though Fountain Lake is still mostly covered with ice, remember last year the ice-out on Fountain Lake was recorded as April 27 — which was one of the latest on record. Also, the ice has never lasted into May.

With temperatures forecast in the 40s and 50s the rest of the week, we hope this means spring weather is on its way in to stay.

We all will welcome it with open arms.