Apr 1, 2024 - News

Spring is getting warmer in Minnesota, but slower than most of the U.S.

Change in average spring temperature from 1970 to 2023
Data: Climate Central. Chart: Axios Visuals

Late March's snowstorm remains the norm for early spring in Minnesota.

Why it matters: Every season is getting warmer in the Twin Cities, but spring and summer temperatures have risen slower than winter and fall.

By the numbers: The average Twin Cities temperature between March 1 and May 31 has risen some two degrees since 1970, from 45° to 47°, according to Climate Central, a climate research and communications nonprofit.

Between the lines: It's been nearly 40 years since Prince sang "sometimes it snows in April," and those lyrics remain true.

  • It snowed 15+ inches here last April, thanks to a pair of storms at the start and the middle of the month.

What we're watching: We might be in the clear this year. The National Weather Service's short- and long-term outlooks say it's likely to be warmer than normal into mid-April.

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