Before this winter began, we'd been giving notice that it would likely be a Super El Niño winter, with warmer temps and less snow. Needless to say, that has most definitely been the case and as February approaches that pattern looks to continue with even warmer temps on the way.

It's not very often the forecast calls for temperatures into to 40's on February 1st, but that is what is being forecasted, there's even a chance for that to be the case as far north as the Duluth area.

Regardless of the time of year, this type of weather makes a lot of people more anxious to turn the page on winter and jump right into summer. This is especially true when you factor in the fact that daylight is lasting longer with each passing day.

By the end of January, Minnesotans will have enjoyed around 40 extra minutes of daylight than what was seen at the beginning of the month. Using Minneapolis as the example, it still means sunset will be at 5:19 pm on January 31. The rest of the state will be very close to that.

So, when will we notice a significant change in Minnesota's daylight hours? You may be surprised at just how fast that will happen. According to Time and Date, a 7:00 pm sunset is closer than you might think, thanks in large part to a significant calendar event.

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Below are the anticipated sunrise and sunset times for the remainder of January, then the months of February and March for Minneapolis. The rest of Minnesota can expect to be very close to these times. Is it too soon to stock up on sunscreen?

 January 2024

  • January 25 - Sunrise: 7:40 am / Sunset: 5:10 pm
  • January 26 - Sunrise: 7:39 am / Sunset: 5:12 pm
  • January 27 - Sunrise: 7:38 am / Sunset: 5:13 pm
  • January 28 - Sunrise: 7:37 am / Sunset: 5:14 pm
  • January 29 - Sunrise: 7:36 am / Sunset: 5:16 pm
  • January 30 - Sunrise: 7:35 am / Sunset: 5:17 pm
  • January 31 - Sunrise: 7:34 am / Sunset: 5:19 pm
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February 2024 - 6:00 p.m. Sunsets Are Within Sight

  • February 1 - Sunrise: 7:33 am / Sunset: 5:20 pm
  • February 2 - Sunrise: 7:32 am / Sunset: 5:21 pm
  • February 3 - Sunrise: 7:30 am / Sunset: 5:23 pm
  • February 4 - Sunrise: 7:29 am / Sunset: 5:24 pm
  • February 5 - Sunrise: 7:28 am / Sunset: 5:26 pm
  • February  6 - Sunrise: 7:27 am / Sunset: 5:27 pm
  • February 7 - Sunrise: 7:25 am / Sunset: 5:29 pm
  • February 8 - Sunrise: 7:24 am / Sunset: 5:30 pm
  • February 9 - Sunrise: 7:23 am / Sunset: 5:31 pm
  • February 10 - Sunrise: 7:21 am / Sunset: 5:33 pm
  • February 11  - Sunrise: 7:20 am / Sunset: 5:34 pm
  • February 12 - Sunrise: 7:18 am / Sunset: 5:36 pm
  • February 13 - Sunrise: 7:17 am / Sunset: 5:37 pm
  • February 14 - Sunrise: 7:15 am / Sunset: 5:39 pm
  • February 15 - Sunrise: 7:14 am / Sunset: 5:40 pm
  • February 16 - Sunrise: 7:12 am / Sunset: 5:41 pm
  • February 17 - Sunrise: 7:11 am / Sunset: 5:43 pm
  • February 18 - Sunrise: 7:09 am / Sunset: 5:44 pm
  • February 19 - Sunrise: 7:08 am / Sunset: 5:46 pm
  • February 20 - Sunrise: 7:06 am / Sunset: 5:47 pm
  • February 21 - Sunrise: 7:05 am / Sunset: 5:48 pm
  • February 22 - Sunrise: 7:03 am / Sunset: 5:50 pm
  • February 23 - Sunrise: 7:01 am / Sunset: 5:51 pm
  • February 24 - Sunrise: 7:00 am / Sunset: 5:53 pm
  • February 25 - Sunrise: 6:58 am / Sunset: 5:54 pm
  • February 26 - Sunrise: 6:56 am / Sunset: 5:55 pm
  • February 27 - Sunrise: 6:55 am / Sunset: 5:57 pm
  • February 28 - Sunrise: 6:53 am / Sunset: 5:58 pm
  • February 29 - Sunrise: 6:51 am / Sunset: 6:00 pm
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March 2024 - Something HappensTo Drastically Impact Sunset Times!

  • March 1 - Sunrise: 6:49 am / Sunset: 6:01 pm
  • March 2 - Sunrise: 6:48 am / Sunset: 6:02 pm
  • March 3 - Sunrise: 6:46 am / Sunset: 6:04 pm
  • March 4 - Sunrise: 6:44 am / Sunset: 6:05 pm
  • March 5 - Sunrise: 6:42 am / Sunset: 6:06 pm
  • March 6 - Sunrise: 6:40 am / Sunset: 6:08 pm
  • March 7 - Sunrise: 6:39 am / Sunset: 6:09 pm
  • March 8 - Sunrise: 6:37 am / Sunset: 6:10 pm
  • March 9 - Sunrise: 6:35 am / Sunset: 6:12 pm

This is nice, steady progress, but a significant calendar event is about to happen that will have a major impact. Sunday, March 10, is Daylight Saving Time so we will “spring forward” one hour, and enjoy sunsets approaching 8:00 pm as we head toward April.

  • March 10 - Sunrise: 7:33 am / Sunset: 7:13 pm
  • March 11 - Sunrise: 7:31 am / Sunset: 7:14 pm
  • March 12 - Sunrise: 7:29 am / Sunset: 7:15 pm
  • March 13 - Sunrise: 7:28 am / Sunset: 7:17 pm
  • March 14 - Sunrise: 7:26 am / Sunset: 7:18 pm
  • March 15 - Sunrise: 7:24 am / Sunset: 7:19 pm
  • March 16 - Sunrise: 7:22 am / Sunset: 7:21 pm
  • March 17 - Sunrise: 7:20 am / Sunset: 7:22 pm
  • March 18 - Sunrise: 7:18 am / Sunset: 7:23 pm
  • March 19 - Sunrise: 7:16 am / Sunset: 7:25 pm - First Day Of Spring
  • March 20 - Sunrise: 7:15 am / Sunset: 7:26 pm
  • March 21 - Sunrise: 7:13 am / Sunset: 7:27 pm
  • March 22 - Sunrise: 7:11 am / Sunset: 7:28 pm
  • March 23 - Sunrise: 7:09 am / Sunset: 7:30 pm
  • March 24 - Sunrise: 7:07 am / Sunset: 7:31 pm
  • March 25 - Sunrise: 7:05 am / Sunset: 7:32 pm
  • March 26 - Sunrise: 7:03 am / Sunset: 7:33 pm
  • March 27 - Sunrise: 7:01 am / Sunset: 7:35 pm
  • March 28 - Sunrise: 7:00 am / Sunset: 7:36 pm
  • March 29 - Sunrise: 6:58 am / Sunset: 7:37 pm
  • March 30 - Sunrise: 6:56 am / Sunset: 7:39 pm
  • March 31 - Sunrise: 6:54 am / Sunset: 7:40 pm

While we can certainly expect more snow to fall between now and the end of March, it is comforting to know that days will continue to get longer regardless, and when snow does fly in March, it does melt faster than it would earlier in the winter.

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