Update from the weekend 3/25-3/26 for northeaster MN.
Took my 12-year-old on a snowmobile tour from our farm east of Hinckley all the way up to near Bruno MN.
The good news is that it was nearly perfect snowmobiling weather. Lots of snow left in this area and I saw NO bare spots on any of the trails in over 100 miles of riding. Only the gravel parking lots and road crossings are melting off.
I would estimate in the woods and fields there is 12-18 inches of snow everywhere with the exception of south-facing slopes.
Warning: On areas that are exposed and melting like parking lots and gravel driveways that were covered with snow, the frost is out in some places and you can sink all the way to China. There are some really soft spots and that will only get worse this week. I don’t think there was very deep frost in some places before the snow covered the ground. Don’t get overconfident because you have 4WD, it’s going to get really, really soft in some areas over the next week. Don’t go anywhere you haven’t scoped out on foot first.
Also, don’t forget that much of NE MN has a lot of bent over and broken-off trees across driveways and trails from the December ice storm. If you haven’t been up to your cabin all winter, be ready to cut your way in.
I highly doubt there will be much bare ground by the end of this week in this area. And when everything does melt, it’s going to be very, very wet.