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Minnesota Weather: Why Is This Snow Yellow?

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- This near mid-spring snow storm is bringing many in Minnesota a fresh and not entirely welcome dumping of snow.

For some, it at least looks pretty if maybe somewhat demoralizing when we've gotten a taste of 60-degree weather. For others, the snow doesn't even look pristine enough to excuse it's unseasonable appearance.

A number of WCCO viewers have sent in photos of the snow bearing an unmistakable yellow or ruddy brown tinge, and wanted an explanation.

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WCCO's director of meteorology Mike Augustyniak contacted the National Weather Service office in the Twin Cities for an explanation, and they reported back that the explanation is that some of the snow has likely been tinged by dust, blown up from the south due to high winds.

The dust traveled all the way to Minnesota from west Texas, the NWS says, after being picked up by the jet stream.

Here are a few examples of the not-so-sparkling-clean snowfall sent in by viewers.

Brown snow in Apple Valley
Brown snow in Apple Valley. (credit: Amy Hiivala)
Brown snow in Lakeville
Brown snow in Lakeville. (credit: Sergei R)
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