Oh well, it'll melt: Spring snow blows into Minnesota

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The sheer will of winter-weary Minnesotans will not be enough to hold off what forecasters say is a genuine spring snow storm hitting the state Wednesday and into Thursday.

The Twin Cities got a taste of it overnight as sleet changed to mostly snow Wednesday morning, but a second round of snow later in the day and Wednesday night will be worse – 6 to 12 inches is expected by Thursday, the Star Tribune reports. On Thursday morning, snowfall rates could be 1.5 to 2 inches per hour, KSTP reported.

But it won't get deep – the wet snow will compact on the ground and some will melt, Bill Borghoff, meteorologist at the Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service, told the newspaper. High temperatures Wednesday and Thursday will are expected to be above freezing, the Star Tribune reported.

Snow totals could hit 15 inches in parts of the state, the National Weather Service says. The biggest precip totals likely will be in the southwest and western part of the state, with 10 inches expected to fall in Marshall and St. Cloud, and 11 inches in Alexandria, KARE 11 reports. The storm is expected to graze the Northland, the Duluth News Tribune reported.

The lingering winter is having a number of ripple effects around the state. Farmers are watching their fields, reminiscing about last year's early start, and wondering how the delayed spring might affect their planting, KAAL reported.

A number of businesses around the state that look forward to spring are bummed, FOX 9 reported. The shipping season has opened much later than normal on the Upper Mississippi River, due to thick ice on Lake Pepin, the Associated Press reported.

Rain and snow could make streams cloudy, cold and fast-moving for Saturday's trout opener, the Star Tribune reported.

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