Minnesota's March starts with accumulating snow, then January-like cold

Spring starts March 20.
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March in Minnesota: an eventful 31 days featuring rising temperatures into the 30s, 40s and even the 50s, along with late-winter snowstorms that dump the kind of snow that'll break a person's back – that heavy, wet stuff that hurts to shovel. 

The March we all know and put up with is bound to show up sooner than later, but March 2019 is going to feel more like January for a bit longer, starting with a healthy dose light, fluffy snow that could reach 5 in the Twin Cities as it falls most the day Friday. 

According to the National Weather Service, there remains very few changes to the forecast as a wide swath of 3-4 inches of snow is expected across central and southern Minnesota, with isolated locations getting up to 5 inches. 

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Because the snow will impact the Friday afternoon commute, the NWS has issued a winter weather advisory

"Light to occasionally moderate snow will spread across Minnesota and Wisconsin today. Accumulations of 3 to 4 inches are expected. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for much of central and southern Minnesota and west central Wisconsin. Plan on slippery road conditions for the evening commute."

The bulk of the snow will fall in Minnesota between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., although it probably won't begin falling in the Twin Cities until just before noon.

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After Friday our January-like March will continue as temps remain in the single digits this weekend with wind chill values in the metro area dipping to around 25 below zero both Saturday night into Sunday morning, and again Sunday night into Monday morning. 

It probably won't be cold enough to force school cancelations in the metro, but it's going to be bitter. 

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Friendly reminder: the first day of spring is Mar. 20. 

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