Powerful winter storm to bring rain, snow to Minnesota


It'll feel like spring for southern Minnesota, but the farther north you go, the more like winter it will become as a powerful storm hits the state Monday into Tuesday.

March is going out like a lion. A strong winter storm will hit the Upper Midwest, bringing wintry weather to northwest and northern Minnesota, including significant snowfall and blizzard-like conditions – the Red River Valley and areas near the Canadian boarder could see 10-20 inches of snow and 30-40 mph winds, with wind gusts over 50 mph possible, the West Central Tribune says.

“This will be a high-impact storm, and has the potential for road closures and life threatening conditions if stranded,” the National Weather Service said in a statement, the West Central Tribune reported.

There's also a winter weather advisory for the northern part of the state. The potential for freezing rain near Lake Superior is the most concerning for the Duluth area, the Duluth News Tribune says.

In southern Minnesota, though, it'll feel much more like spring, with showers and thunderstorms and temperatures near 60 degrees. It will be mostly rain for the Twin Cities, especially Monday evening. Overnight air will give way to a few snow showers, but accumulation in the metro and southern Minnesota will be light, if anything, KARE 11 reports.

This is no April Fools' joke: After a warm, spring-like weekend, we're back to cold. Highs in the Twin Cities will in the 30s on Tuesday, April 1. There's also the potential of a rain/snow storm again later this week, KARE 11 says.

Here's a look at the timeline for Monday's storm, including expected accumulation, across the state:

Twin Cities: There's a 40 percent chance of rain, mainly after 10 a.m. and highs will be near 63. Rain is likely before 1 a.m. Tuesday, then it could change over to snow before 2 a.m., with the greatest chance of snow coming between 2 a.m. and 9 a.m. as temperatures drop. Less than half an inch of snow is expected. The high for Tuesday is 37 degrees.

Duluth: Rain, freezing rain and sleet are likely before 2 p.m. Monday as temperatures fall to around 32 degrees by 4 p.m. The ice accumulation Monday is 0.1 to 0.2 inches, with little or no snow accumulation expected. Freezing rain and sleet is likely between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. Tuesday, then snow and freezing rain after 3 a.m. Snow totaling 1 to 2 inches is expected Tuesday before 1 p.m.

Moorhead: Rain, possibly mixed with sleet, is likely before 1 p.m. then snow and wind. Snow with widespread blowing snow is expected before 2 a.m. Overnight snow will total about 3 to 7 inches. On Tuesday, patchy blowing snow is likely before 7 a.m. with wind gusts near 33 mph.

International Falls: Snow, freezing rain and sleet before 3 p.m. then it changes over to all snow after 4 p.m. with wind gusts as high as 35 mph, but no ice accumulation is expected. Daytime snow totals could reach 2 to 4 inches, but 4 to 8 inches of snow is expected overnight and an additional 1 to 3 inches is expected on Tuesday.

Marshall: A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3 p.m. with highs near 60. Rainfall amounts total less than an inch, but higher amounts are possible with a thunderstorm. Rain and snow is expected before 2 a.m., then a chance of snow between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. Snow could total an inch.

Rochester: There's a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms and then scattered showers after 10 a.m. with highs near 62. Snow showers with some thunder are possible after 2 a.m. Tuesday, snow accumulation of less than half an inch is possible.

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