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Take a hike, snow, real spring is officially arriving

Snow season takes a hike after Wednesday's storm hits southern MN.
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For the first time in a really long time, there is agreement among professional weather people that our real spring is just days away. 

The National Weather Service says today's snowstorm will mainly affect extreme southern Minnesota into Iowa, so most of our state is going to catch a break. 

Details on today's winter storm warning and winter weather advisory, neither of which include the metro. 

"Another round of snow is expected across southern Minnesota Wednesday. The heaviest snow will occur over far southern Minnesota with 5 to 7 inches expected over far southern Minnesota adjacent to the Iowa border. Snowfall rates of an inch per hour are possible in this area this morning into the early afternoon hours. Generally 3 to 5 inches of snow are expected a tier north of the Interstate 90 corridor. The snow is expected to diminish this afternoon through this evening."

Snow cover will keep temps down today with highs the mid-30s, but lookout, warmth is speeding towards Minnesota. Look at these forecast highs for the metro area. 

  • Thursday: 45
  • Friday: 48
  • Saturday: 51
  • Sunday: 54
  • Monday: 59
  • Tuesday: 55

Goodbye, snow. Hello, green stuff. 

According to the NWS, normal highs in late April are in the 60s, and the forecast for the rest of the month has Minnesota trending towards above normal warmth. That might mean 70 degrees is attainable with in a couple of weeks. 

Even better news is that all of this snow is melting at a perfect pace, so widespread flooding is not anticipated, according to Paul Douglas.

It's happening. Spring is really going to happen. 

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