Going out like a lion: Winter storm expected Monday into Tuesday


Enjoy the spring-like weather while it lasts, another winter storm is brewing.

This isn't an early April Fool's joke – March came roaring in and it looks like it'll go out the same way. A winter storm watch, which could bring 6-plus inches of snow to Duluth, is in effect for much of central and northern Minnesota and a blizzard watch (yes, blizzard) is in effect for part of western Minnesota from Monday morning to Tuesday morning.

Currently there are a lot of unknowns for storm, including where it's headed. MPR News' Paul Huttner says the storm seems to have a westerly track, similar to the storm last Thursday. That means the storm will likely start out as rain and turn to freezing rain/snow for most of the state.

The National Weather Service says the heaviest snow is expected to fall in northern and central Minnesota. As for the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota, the weather service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for the area, which could bring pockets of heavy rain, a wintry mix and accumulating snow. As temperatures fall during the day Monday rain will change over to snow – which is expected to total 3 inches or less in the Twin Cities.

At least the nice weather fell on the weekend, right? Here's a look at the forecast around the state:

Twin Cities: Saturday: Sunny with a high near 44, low around 33. Sunday: Mostly sunny, high near 58, low near 39. Monday: Rain mainly after 8 a.m. with a high near 48. Rain will turn to sleet before midnight and then changeover to snow. A low around 22 with wind gusts as high as 30 mph. Tuesday: Patchy, blowing snow and a chance of more snow before 8 a.m. A high of 36. There's a chance for rain or snow on Wednesday and Thursday, also.

St. Cloud: Saturday: Sunny with a high near 42, low around 34. Sunday: Partly sunny with a high near 52, low around 34. Monday: Rain before 10 a.m. then rain/sleet mix between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., then snow and sleet after 5 p.m. High near 40, low around 19. Snow totals between 1 and 3 inches during the day and an additional 2 to 4 inches Monday night, blowing snow possible. Tuesday: Patchy, blowing snow and a chance of more snow before 8 a.m., then mostly sunny with a high near 33, low around 20. Wednesday: Chance of rain and snow, mostly cloudy with a high near 35, low around 25. There's a chance of rain and snow Thursday also.

Marshall: Saturday: Sunny and breezy with a high near 49, low around 41. Sunday: Mostly sunny, high near 59, low around 36. Monday: Rain likely before 1 p.m., then rain and snow between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., then snow after 4 p.m. Temps will fall to around 30 by 5 p.m. Snow could total 3 to 5 inches. There's a chance for blowing snow – wind gusts could reach 35 mph. Tuesday: Mostly sunny with a high of 33, low of 24. Chance of snow Tuesday night. There's a chance of snow Wednesday and Thursday, also.

Duluth: Saturday: Mostly sunny with a high near 35, low around 28. Sunday: Partly sunny with a high near 48, low around 31. Monday: Rain and snow before 1 p.m., then snow and freezing rain. High near 34, low around 18. Wind gusts could get as high as 35 mph. Tuesday: Slight chance of snow, mostly sunny with a high near 29, low around 13. Wednesday: Mostly sunny with a high near 31, low around 19. Thursday: A chance of snow, high near 33.

Moorhead: Saturday: Mostly sunny with a high near 49, low around 33. Sunday: Partly sunny, high near 46, low around 23. Monday: Snow with areas of blowing snow. High near 28, low around 10. Tuesday: Mostly sunny, high near 26, low around 13. Wednesday: Slight chance of snow, partly sunny with a high near 34, low around 24. There's a chance of rain and snow Thursday and Friday, also.

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