National Weather Service

Minnesota On Track For Major "Winter" Storm

Snow Coming Late Friday And Saturday

April 12, 2018 - 1:23 pm
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WCCO Land is still on track for a major winter storm across Minnesota and western Wisconsin, beginning late Friday and spilling over into Saturday.  Winter Storm Watches are posted bu the National Weather Service for both days. 

WCCO Meteorologist Paul Douglas says, "I expect them to be upgraded to Winter Storm Warnings by NOAA, probably on Friday. Rain Friday will mix with sleet (ice pellets) and freezing rain as temperatures fall below 32F Friday night. A changeover to mostly snow is likely by Saturday."

Final amounts will depend on the exact storm track and the forward speed of the storm, but some 6-12" amounts are possible in northern suburbs, possibly less over the southern suburbs of the Twin Cities. The axis of heaviest snow will probably set up just north/west of the metro area.

WCCO's Mike Lynch says, "Heavier rain will move in Friday morning and it will be a windy day.  Strong NE winds gusting over 40 mph and maybe thunderstorms during the day.  Then it's rain, freezing rain, sleet, snow and blowing snow as we move through the night.  Near blizzard conditions on Saturday with the wind."

Paul also adds, "Consider a Plan B for travel on Saturday - it will look and feel more like February 14 than April 14. Yes, Minnesotans earn their springs."

Paul will share complete details his show with Jordana Green from 3:00-6:00pm, and take your questions during Weather Therapy at 4:10pm.  

The Minnesota Twins are scheduled to play at Target Field Friday night and Saturday afternoon.  There's no word yet from the team about contingency plans for the weather moving into the Twin Cities.  

Also, be aware of potential flooding.  The still frozen ground, combined with the rain and then snow could lead to some fast flooding of rivers and streams.  For the latest weather information, stay with WCCO Radio and wccoradio.com. 

Fear not, this will end.  A high sun coupled with 40s next week will mean rapid melting. Whatever does fall should be largely gone by Tuesday or Wednesday.  The long range forecasts are hinting at 50's or even 60's the week after next.