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An Unwanted Encore: More Snow in the Forecast For Wednesday


April 16, 2018 - 1:27 pm

Minnesotans, still digging out of an historic April blizzard, may find themselves in a similar spot on Wednesday.

"This is a nasty little system moving through," said WCCO Radio Meteorologist Mike Lynch. "Not nearly as strong or as widespread as what we had over the weekend, but we are probably going to see between 1 to 3 inches of snow," he said.

He said it could be tricky for motorists because it will likely freeze up making roadways slippery.

And people living to the south of the Twin Cities will see even more snow.

"Once you get down to about Mankato, a winter storm watch is out for Mankato, Albert Lea and Rochester, where they could see more than six inches more of snow, " he said.

That April blizzard caused a lot of headaches for people trying to get around, including at Minneapolis St Paul International Airport.

700 flights were canceled and the airport was shut down for 8 hours on Saturday because of visibility and de-icing concerns.

"People are frustrated," said airport spokesperson Patrick Hogan. " They've been trying to get out over the weekend and weren't able, so they really want to get out today. I know the airlines are going to do their best to get everyone to where they want to go, but it's going to take some time," he said.

Travelers faced big challenges trying to get out.

"I try not to get too upset when it's weather-related," said Troy Williams, who is on a business trip from Kansas to Canada, and was on board his connecting flight out of M-S-P when it was canceled. "Most everyone was nice, very helpful," he said.

Williams said thankfully he found a hotel room in the Twin Cities online while waiting on the plane. He did get a flight out today, but several in his group might not leave until tomorrow.

Patty Fry came to Minnesota for a short visit with family, but the storm complicated her trip back home to Colorado.

"It's been fun, I mean I get an extra two days here with my grandson," she said.

All three runways are now open at the airport, but it still be a few days before everyone gets re-booked and on their way to their next destination.