Snowstorm Approaching 02 Apr 14

It’s not the news most Minnesotans want to hear, particularly at the end of such a brutal winter season.

MNN reports a winter storm watch is in effect for all but the northwest corner of the state.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen say the powerful storm system will bring “copious amounts” of moisture, and a mix of rain and snow that is expected to arrive in Minnesota tomorrow (Thursday) will turn to all snow by afternoon. Six to 12 inches is expected to fall, with the heaviest amounts across eastern Minnesota. Wind gusts of up to 35 miles per hour will create problems for drivers, with visibilities under a quarter mile.

Icing and power outages are a concern in southeast Minnesota.

The forecast in and around Hutchin son says there’s a chance of snow before 10am Thursday, then rain and snow, with a high near 36. East northeast wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.  Thursday night, the snow could be heavy at times, with a low around 27. Blustery, with a north wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible. On Friday, we’ll have a high around 35. Breezy, with a north northwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.