Snow storms strike backWORTHINGTON — The words “snow” and “Minnesota” might as well be placed next to each other in the dictionary. As residents of southwest Minnesota prepared themselves for yet another storm on Monday, the question remained, “Is it spring yet?” Not quite, National Weather Service meterologist Todd Heitkamp said Monday.
By: Brittany Workman, Worthington Daily Globe
WORTHINGTON — The words “snow” and “Minnesota” might as well be placed next to each other in the dictionary.
As residents of southwest Minnesota prepared themselves for yet another storm on Monday, the question remained, “Is it spring yet?”
Not quite, National Weather Service meterologist Todd Heitkamp said Monday.
“We still have a good chunk of winter left,” he said.
Total snow accumulation in Worthington in January has reached 21.1 inches. The normal snowfall for the months is 8.1 inches.
Heitkamp predicted residents can expect to see an estimated 15 to 20 more inches of snow in subsequent winter months. He advised residents to “heed the forecasts and wait for what Old Man Winter has in store for us.”
“It’s winter,” remarked Cheryl Fornoff, a resident of Worthington for the last 10 years. “I’m used to it, but I’m ready for spring. Or I’m at least ready to see 30 degrees.”
As the manager of Johnson Jewlery, Fornoff finds business to be steady on snowy days.
“Surprisingly, snow days are the busiest. Sometimes a lot of teachers and others who don’t have to work stop by.”
Residents may have noticed a lively man dressed as Lady Liberty in downtown Worthington. Adrian Padron, of Liberty Tax Service, does not mind enduring the winter season outdoors. In fact, the former resident of Santa Cruz, Calif., loves the snow.
“I help attract people to Liberty Tax Service,” said Padron. “I also like to help out people who might not be having a good day. When people drive by and see me having fun and dancing, I hope it brings a smile to their face.”
While others may not display Padron’s enthusiasm for winter, residents are still trying to take the remaining winter months in stride.
“As long as it’s not 30 below, I’m fine,” stated Tony Schei, who has resided in Worthington his entire life.
“You gotta love it,” commented Diane Meinders, Worthington resident for the past 53 years. “What else am I going to do about it?”
Reports from the National Weather Service state heavy snowfall and high winds could create winds could create whiteout conditions into today. Driving conditions are predicted to become extremely dangerous in some areas, with the possibility of snow drifts reaching five to 10 feet.
As the storm reaches its end, harshly cold temperatures are expected to take over much of the area.
With such dreary forecasts for the week, one can only hope our friend Mr. Groundhog will be kind to us with his annual winter weather predictions tomorrow.