MN Weather: Winter storm hits early Monday before spring temperatures arrive – WCCO

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — There’s a lot of spring in the forecast, but we’re not done with winter weather yet.

Meteorologist Riley O’Connor said an Alberta clipper was bringing light snow east across the state Monday morning in a very narrow area. Before dawn, a thin swath stretched across central Minnesota, mostly north of the Interstate 94 corridor.

The snow will head towards the subway, likely hitting towards the end of the morning commute. The system will be out of state around noon.

The snow zone will only be about 30 miles wide, but there will be built-in elements of heavier snow, at least for an hour or two. If these elements moved south, it would put heavier and more stable snow on the Twin Cities. Right now it looks like it will be just north.

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The Twin Cities will likely see less than an inch of snow; 1 to 2 inches are expected between St. Cloud and Eau Claire; and 2-3 inches are forecast for southern Hinckley and western Wisconsin. There is a winter weather advisory in effect stretching west to central Wisconsin between 3 a.m. and noon Monday, during which 2 to 4 inches are possible. Temperatures will be near freezing during the snowfall, so roads will likely be covered in slush or wet instead of snow-covered.

Any snow that falls in the Twin Cities is expected to start melting Monday afternoon when temperatures hit the upper 30s.

This melting will continue on Tuesday, with a high of 50 expected in the Twin Cities. The north will remain in the 40s, while parts of southern Minnesota could approach 60 degrees.

Wednesday will be even warmer in the mid 50s and will remain mild all week. Most of the snowpack will likely be gone by the weekend when it will be dry with milder temperatures.

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