Mix of snow, sleet, rain coming Saturday


Minnesota is in for "complicated" winter weather Saturday, WCCO's Mike Augustyniak says, that could include sleet, freezing rain and rain in the Twin Cities. Expect between "a slushy inch and a slushy 3 to 4 inches," he says.

It'll be a "slop storm," MPR's Updraft blog says.

Northern parts of the state will get snow, forecasters say. KARE 11's Sven Sundgaard says the Twin Cities will see a high of 36 and a low of 30 Saturday as the storm moves through the state, with snow on the northwest part of the system and a rainy mix on the southeastern portion of it.

The National Weather Service offers these Saturday forecasts:

Duluth: Snow and freezing rain, becoming all snow after noon. High near 34. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. Saturday night: A 50 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, low 28.

Snow and freezing rain likely, becoming all snow after noon. Cloudy, high near 32. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. Saturday night: A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, low 20.

International Falls: Snow likely, mainly after noon. Cloudy, high near 31. Chance of precipitation 70 percent. Saturday night: A 50 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, low 21.

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