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Snow causes delays at MSP, slows rush hour commute

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The spring snow moving through the state is causing some major delays at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Thursday afternoon. KARE 11 reports arriving flights are running behind about two hours. Several flights have been canceled.

A winter storm warning is in effect through Friday morning for a large diagonal swath of Minnesota from the southwest to the northeast as winter-weary residents brace for more rain and snow.

Metro drivers experienced a messy commute Thursday afternoon with travel times three times as long as normal. The Star Tribune reports a fatal crash occured on eastbound I-94 near Highway 95 in Lakeland.

The Star Tribune reports accumulations could range from 4 inches in the southeast metro to 7 inches in the northwest metro. KSTP is on the same page, predicting 4 to 8 inches of heavy, wet snow across the Twin Cities.

KARE 11 downplays the snow totals and is only expecting a couple inches in the southeast suburbs and 4-5 inches in the northwest suburbs.

Duluth likely will set a record for the snowiest April on record when as much as 8 inches or more falls in the Twin Ports by Friday, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

Farther reaches of northwestern Minnesota will likely not have much accumulation, forecasters say.

On Friday in the Twin Cities, expect a few possible lingering flurries with a high of 39 degrees. Saturday should be more pleasant with a high of 44 degrees, but it'll be colder and rainy on Sunday, forecasters say.

Metro high temperatures likely will not hit 50 at least through next Wednesday, forecasters say.

The new snow Thursday is part of a stormy weather pattern across the Midwest that includes possible tornadoes in the Plains and enough rain in Chicago to cause a sinkhole that swallowed cars, the Associated Press reports.

Southwest Minnesota can't get a break this spring. Last week, school was canceled for three days and power was knocked out longer than that for many. Residents are getting slammed with more winter weather Thursday along with the rest of the state.

In Fargo, a new projection says there's a 50 percent chance the Red River could top the 2009 record of 40.84 feet.

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