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No joke: Snow for the Twin Cities later this week

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Northern Minnesota was blasted with an end-of-March winter storm Monday. And it looks like April showers will be more white than wet for the Twin Cities later this week.

A wintry spring storm tore its way through the state Monday into Tuesday. A tornado in St. Leo, Minnesota damaged at least three farm sites Monday. No injuries were reported. And that same weather system hammered northwest Minnesota with 18 inches of snow and 50 mph wind gusts.

Those in the north took the brunt of the wintry weather. It knocked out power for some in the Ely area. Moorhead-area schools closed Monday – they took a snow day on their makeup day from a previous storm. Interstate 94 from Fargo to Bismarck and Interstate 29 from Fargo to the Canadian boarder were closed Monday evening, Forum News reports. Road conditions in northern Minnesota weren't much better on Tuesday; they were listed as hazardous or difficult, according to MnDOT's website.

The Twin Cities saw mostly rain which caused some slick spots on the roads early Tuesday – temperatures were nearly 35 degrees colder than they were Monday evening, KARE 11 says. Freezing rain south of the metro turned roads to ice. A jackknifed semi closed Interstate 35 near Northfield at about 5:40 a.m. Tuesday, the Star Tribune says.

So now that it's April, we're in the clear, right? This isn't some April Fools' joke – there's a chance of snow later this week.


So much for March historically being the snowiest month – April may take the title this year.

For the next 48 hours no storms are expected, but it'll be colder, according to MPR News' Paul Huttner. The next storm will come through Thursday into Friday. Some models forecast a heavy band of snow whacking the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota.

On that note, here's a look at the forecast around the state:

Twin Cities: Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of snow before 10 a.m. and clouds will gradually break apart and become mostly sunny, with a high near 37 and breezy. Wednesday: Partly sunny with a high near 43. There's a slight chance of rain before midnight, that could change over to snow overnight. Thursday: There's a chance of snow before 10 a.m., then rain for most of the day with a high near 41. Thursday night rain will change to snow overnight and could total 3 to 5 inches. Friday: Snow is expected before 2 p.m., then a mix of rain and snow with a high near 35. Weather.com predicts 4 to 8 inches of snow could fall by Friday. Saturday: There's a 20 percent chance of snow with highs near 43. Sunday: Slight chance of snow and rain with a high near 48. Monday: The Twin's home opener – there's a 20 percent chance of snow with a high near 48.

Duluth: Tuesday: Snow with areas of blowing snow before 2 p.m., then slight chance of snow in the afternoon. High near 32. Wednesday: Sunny with a high near 33. Thursday: Slight chance of snow after 8 a.m. that will mix with rain after 2 p.m. Mostly cloudy with a high near 32. Friday: High near 32. Snow likely before 2 p.m., then rain and snow mix. Weather.com predicts 4 to 8 inches of potential snowfall. Saturday: Chance of snow, mostly sunny with a high near 39. Sunday: Slight chance of rain and snow. Partly sunny with a high near 42. Monday: Slight chance of rain and snow, high near 41.

Moorhead: Tuesday: Partly sunny and blustery with a high near 23. Wednesday: Mostly sunny, high near 34. Thursday: Slight chance of snow before 2 p.m., then rain after 3 p.m. and a chance of snow overnight. High near 38. Friday: Chance of snow before 2 p.m., then rain and snow. Partly sunny with a high near 38. Saturday: Sunny with a high near 43. Sunday: Slight chance of rain and snow, high near 49. Monday: Slight chance of rain and snow, high near 48.

Marshall: Tuesday: Mostly sunny, high near 35. Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, high near 40. Chance of rain and snow before 1 a.m. Thursday: Chance of rain and snow before 1 p.m., then rain likely. High near 40. Thursday night more snow is expected. Friday: A chance of snow, mostly cloudy with a high near 34. Saturday: Sunny, high near 43. Sunday: Slight chance of rain, high near 50. Monday: Chance of rain, high near 50.

Rochester: Tuesday: Cloudy early, gradual clearing with a high near 39. Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 3 p.m. High near 44. Thursday: Chance of freezing rain before 11 a.m., then rain. High near 40. Sleet and snow possible Thursday night, could total 3 to 5 inches. Friday: Snow likely before 3 p.m., then rain possibly mixed with snow. High near 36. Saturday: Sunny, high near 40. Sunday: Slight chance of rain and snow, high near 47. Monday: Chance of rain and snow, high near 48.

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