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The last gasps of winter (hopefully) have been heard around Minnesota as light snow showers fell on a chilly Tuesday.

Just a few days after the state was basking in glorious sunshine and temperatures in the 70s, a cold front brought snow to the Twin Cities and northern parts of the state.

The National Weather Service for Duluth was forecasting that northeastern Minnesota might get between 1 and 2 inches of snowfall today, with the rest of the affected areas getting less than an inch.

Temperatures were in the low 30s in the state's upper reaches, but were expected to be in the mid-40s in the southern parts of the state.

For Minnesotans, snow in late April is not exactly news, especially after recent winters, but its return to the state does come a whole three weeks after temperatures hit a record 83 degrees on April Fool's Day.

Along with the snow and the chill, wind gusts of up to 40 mph have prompted weather alerts in counties including Mahnomen, Norman, East Otter Tail and Clay.

Accuweather said temperatures in the early part of the week are nearly 15 degrees below the average for this time of year, but say temperatures should return to about normal in time for the weekend, with sunshine set to return.

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