Warm temperatures in state for 3 days; storms may bring more snow

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A warm-up is in store for Twin Cities in the next three days, and some parts of Minnesota may be in for lots more snow.

The Star Tribune says the high temperature is expected to hit 40 degrees Tuesday in the metro area, then somewhere in the 30s for Wednesday and Thursday.

However, snow could return Thursday to the metro, the paper says, and some parts of the state could see heavy accumulations.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch for Thursday throughout the day and into the night for portions of south-central Minnesota, including the cities of Faribault, Owatonna, Waseca and Albert Lea. In addition, the NWS issued a winter storm watch for east-central portions of the state, including the cities of Red Wing and Hastings.

The NWS says both areas could receive anywhere from 6-10 inches of snow, and sleet and strong winds are expected. Blowing snow and whiteout conditions are expected in south-central Minnesota.

Despite the warm temperatures Tuesday through Thursday, NWS meteorologist Mike Griesinger says that people shouldn't get their hopes up about much snow melting.

Griesinger tells WCCO that the snow pack in the Twin Cities is "basically 12-18 inches" and a "couple of days with highs in 40s and lows still in 20s won’t do much to all of that snow."

In all, Griesinger says, the level of snow will shrink 2-4 inches at most. He adds the forecast for the next few days is "not ideal melting weather," and only a higher dew point, winds and rain would melt the snow quicker.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has measured 47.1 inches of snow this winter – 8.7 inches above normal, National Weather Service meteorologist Tony Zaleski tells the Star Tribune. MSP measured the accumulation of Monday's storm at about 4.7 inches.

KARE 11 says temperatures in the Twin Cities are expected to top out at 20 degrees on Friday, and in the teens Saturday and Sunday.

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