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Winter Weather Returns Saturday

Winter Weather Returns Saturday

April 25, 2019 03:23 PM

A winter storm arriving on Saturday will bring a late season push of snow across the region, especially over SE Minnesota.  Initially a soaking rain, the atmosphere cools to the point to support snow from north to south throughout the morning.  A transition to snow is likely in that timeframe and should continue into the afternoon.  

Given this is a warm scenario with snow falling through the daytime portion, there will be some mitigating factors to impact snow totals, however the intensity of the snow should quickly overpower these and let slushy accumulations begin to impact travel by late morning.  Some melting of the snow will occur as it falls but totals look to accumulate to 2-5" over much of SE Minnesota and extreme NE Iowa.  Lesser amounts of 0-2" fall south of a line from Albert Lea to Riceville.

Wind gusting 30-35 mph through the afternoon won't help the travel scene either.  While blowing snow shouldn't be a huge issue with the 'stickiness' of the snow, it can reduce visibility as it falls and push vehicles that may be traveling.  Look for the travel scene to be difficult while the snow falls with quick improvements Saturday evening after snow ends.

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