Skip to main content

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

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

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.

Next Up

minneapolis police

Man fatally shot overnight in north Minneapolis

The shooting was reported around 2:20 a.m.

Screen Shot 2022-05-22 at 8.30.08 AM

Campsites closed at Voyageurs National Park due to 'historic' water levels

All backcountry trails and campsites are closed, as well as many frontcountry sites.

state capitol Minnesota

Lawmakers reach agreement on tax cuts ahead of session's end

Lawmakers announced they had reached a deal on a tax bill Saturday ahead of the looming session deadline.

281699116_10226502238438986_800951410789352812_n

Victims of daytime drive-by shooting in Robbinsdale identified

The two men died after a hail of bullets struck a vehicle.

Screen Shot 2022-05-22 at 8.14.37 AM

Source of 'loud explosion' in Brooklyn Park a mystery

The noise was investigated by police, but no source could be determined.

covid, vaccine, booster shots

COVID: All Americans over 50 advised to get a second booster

Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise again as new COVID variants emerge.

J.W. Peck (left) and Eric Galler.

2 Minnesotans inducted into White Castle's Hall of Fame

White Castle — it's what a man in Minneapolis and another in Woodbury, crave.

Screen Shot 2022-05-21 at 5.46.37 PM

Video shows officers ended pursuit before fatal crash in Anoka

The crash occurred when the driver fled police during an attempted traffic stop in Coon Rapids.

Eli Hart

6-year-old Eli Hart identified as boy found dead in car trunk

The kindergartner's father was trying to get full custody of his son.

IMG_3509

Boy found dead in trunk of car in Mound was kindergartner

"It is horrifying and difficult to process a tragedy of this magnitude, especially in our close-knit community," the superintendent wrote.

Minneapolis police

Man found yelling for help after being shot in Minneapolis

The shooting occurred on the 800 block of Elwood Avenue North at around 9:15 p.m.

Screen Shot 2022-05-21 at 9.56.21 AM

Minneapolis North principal says she was fired, district says otherwise

“MPS requires schools to follow protocols in times like that and I did not,” Friestleben said.

Related