Heavier band of snow brings unexpected amounts to Minnesota

An area west and northwest of the metro got hit pretty hard by a heavier band of snow.
Author:
Updated:
Original:
snow

Folks west of the Interstate 35 corridor woke up to more snow than expected Thursday morning. 

The National Weather Service predicted 1-3 inches of snow for the Twin Cities metro area, with a sharp gradient expected to result nothing more than a dusting for most areas west of I-35. Instead, a heavier band of snow developed and left a path of snow up to 6 inches deep in some areas. 

"Observations this morning indicate a band of heavier snow than expected produced 2-6 inches of snow along a narrow axis from near Redwood Falls northeast through Litchfield and Hutchinson to Princeton and Mora. As winds pick up today, look for blowing and drifting snow to develop," said the NWS Twin Cities. 

Novak Weather says the northwest side of the metro could wind up with 5-7 inches when the snow is done falling later Thursday. 

"When you are dealing with intense atmospheric lift and razor-sharp snow gradients, anything can happen. For instance, hardly a flake in St. Cloud while Monticello digs out from 6.0"+," Novak Weather tweeted. 

Winds gusting up to 40 mph later Thursday will cause blowing snow issues in southern Minnesota, and the NWS notes that if 3-4 inches accumulates there could be a need to upgrade the winter weather advisory to a blizzard warning in southern parts of the state due to hazardous travel conditions. 

Next Up

teacher, coronavirus, covid-19, school, classroom

Minneapolis Public Schools to bring middle, high students back in April

Distance learning will continue be offered to those who want it.

Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins

Timberwolves announce 2nd half schedule

The Timberwolves will play 37 games in 66 days to close out the season.

Chris Finch / Timberwolves

National Basketball Coaches Association criticizes Timberwolves' coaching search

The organization believes the Timberwolves failed "to conduct a through and transparent search" before hiring Chris Finch.

best buy

Best Buy announces bonuses of up to $500 for hourly workers

The retailer has seen business boom since the pandemic started, particularly online.

mcdonald's

Burnsville PD: Customer sprayed chemical irritant at McDonald's workers

The incident happened in Burnsville over the weekend.

coronavirus, coronavirus test, covid-19

MN launches campaign to get students tested for COVID every 2 weeks

The state launched a youth testing campaign on Wednesday as part of its effort to control the spread of COVID.

jacob frey

Preparations for Derek Chauvin trial underway in Minneapolis

People will see "fortification" efforts and National Guard soldiers.

Willmar Police Department

Road rage leads to brawl at Willmar intersection, police say

The participants appeared to know each other, police said.

hazelewood burgers

3 Minnesota restaurants make it on 50 best burgers in America list

A travel website praised the restaurants' burgers in a recently released list.

Fire, firefighters

Firefighter critical after gun discharges during blaze, hitting him

The 35-year-old Cornell firefighter is hospitalized in critical condition

Related

snow, plow

Snowy Saturday: Here's how much snow is forecast in Minnesota

Snow will reach the metro area by the early afternoon.

snow

Winter storm watch issued where snow could exceed 6 inches in MN

Snow will spread from west to east starting Saturday morning in western Minnesota.

plow, snow

NWS: Accumulating snow likely this weekend in Minnesota

Fluffy snow will pile up in some locations on Saturday.

snow, slush (submitted photo, ok to use)

Here are snow totals from Thursday-Friday winter storm

It's a slushy mess in the metro, but snow did pile up in southern counties.

snow

Accumulating snow zone might include Twin Cities on Thursday

Looks like Wisconsin gets the most snow this time around.

snow

Here are snowfall reports from Wednesday's blizzard in Minnesota

Winds gusted over 60 mph in Minnesota during the brunt of the blizzard, including in the metro.

snow, plow

Winter storm watch issued ahead of Wednesday snow in Minnesota

Blizzard conditions are possible in the open areas of Minnesota.