Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Rain to Turn Into Snow Friday, Winter Storm Warning Issued

Rain to Turn Into Snow Friday, Winter Storm Warning Issued

"We might as well appreciate Minnesota weather".

We have seen the first round of precipitation end.

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You sure wouldn't know it by looking outside tonight, but a potential blizzard lies ahead for much of Siouxland from Friday night into Saturday. A few T-storms will also be possible overnight and during the morning. Rain and possibly a thunderstorm are in the Twin Cities forecast with a high near 40. There will be a chance of snow and some rain Wednesday and Wednesday night, with accumulations possible. Sunday, a mix of freezing rain and sleet but - and this is good news - the ice won't accumulate. Northeast winds will gust to near 60 km/h on Saturday leading to local blowing snow reducing visibilities at times. Temperatures may not warm up enough to melt ice off trees and power lines.

In fact, the Genesee County Road Commission's salt trucks were already out and ready. Total snow accumulations of 8 to 15 inches are possible across central and west central Minnesota, with totals tapering off to 3 or 6 inches across south central Minnesota and west central Wisconsin.

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They say a moisture laden low pressure area over the Central Plains States will amble towards the lower Great Lakes this weekend pumping in cold Arctic air, forcing temperatures below freezing.

On the west coast, Vancouver can expect to see off and on rain showers into Monday, but no heavy rainfall is anticipated. Deep accumulating snow and ice pellets up north may cause hard if not risky travel conditions.

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