February snow mercifully ending in Minnesota, but more coming to start March

The first day of March is Friday and it's going to snow in the Twin Cities.
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That should about do it for measurable snow in the Twin Cities and most of Minnesota for what's been a record-setting February. 

Another 2.7 inches of snow fell at MSP Airport Tuesday through Wednesday morning, bringing the monthly total to 38.9 inches. That smashes the previous record from 1962 by more than a foot. 

Good news: snow in February is pretty much down outside of a possible dusting in far southern Minnesota on Thursday. 

Bad news: Accumulating snow is expected on the first day of March. 

The National Weather Service has the Hwy. 212 corridor into the metro in line for the higher amounts, with about an 80 percent chance of the metro getting 2+ inches, and nearly a 50 percent chance snow totals reach 4+ inches. 

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Expect the NWS to release more specific snow total forecasts sometime Thursday. 

"Snowfall amounts generally between 2 and 4 inches are expected with the Friday system," says the NWS Twin Cities. 

The simulated future radar from the NAM 12km computer model shows snow all day long Friday. 

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After the snow comes some extremely cold air for early March, with highs over the weekend in the single digits and double-digit sub-zero lows overnight. The high temp in Minneapolis on Sunday is 3 degrees, which is just a bit shy of typical early March temps in the low- to mid-30s. 

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Winds will also pick up on Saturday, so there could be some blowing snow to deal with in addition to wind chill values possible reaching warning criteria (-35 degrees) on Sunday morning. 

The first day of spring is 21 days away and the Minnesota Twins regular season opener is 29 days away (Mar. 28), so the weather only has about a month to turn for the better before it really starts to get annoying. 

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