After much of Minnesota was deluged by rain overnight, the wet weather will start to move out of the state – but not before dumping a few inches of snow in northeastern Minnesota.
The strong low-pressure system that affected much of the Midwest Wednesday (there were tornadoes reported in Iowa) also brought heavy rain, wind gusts over 50 mph, small hail, lightning and loud rumbles of thunder to Minnesota.
Many communities in southern Minnesota, including around the Twin Cities, picked up 1-2 inches of rain overnight, the National Weather Service says. That's more than the monthly average for November, which is about 1.77 inches, KSTP reports.
And all that rain caused some localized flooding and wet roads, which could make for a messy commute Thursday morning.
Something to think about when you're stuck in traffic: If temperatures were 8-12 degrees colder, the Twin Cities would be digging out from 1-2 feet of snow, meteorologist Paul Douglas wrote on the Star Tribune's weather blog.
'First good snow' for the northland
The storm will start to move east out of the state Thursday, but not before bringing a little more rain and the "first good snow" to the northland in the afternoon and evening, the National Weather Service in Duluth says. The arrowhead region is under a winter weather advisory until 8 a.m. Friday.
Rain will gradually change to snow in the afternoon in northeastern Minnesota, but because of the wet and warm ground, it'll take some time for the snow to accumulate. Once it does, expect slippery and slushy roads – especially as temperatures drop, the weather service notes.
Showers will linger for much of Minnesota Thursday, and the eastern half of the state could see a few flakes before all is said and done, but only trace amounts of snow is expected, the weather service notes.
Strong winds will also stick around, with gusts 30-45 mph expected in southern Minnesota, which is under a wind advisory or high wind warning until 7 p.m. Thursday.
It'll clear up for the weekend, however. Highs are expected to be in the 40s and 50s – roughly 10-15 degrees above normal for the middle of November, the National Weather Service reports.
The chance for wet weather returns next week, with the possibility of rain and snow late in the week.