Blizzard Warning, Winter Storm Warning for Central Minnesota


This means heavy, wet snow for some, while that always tricky rain/snow line will fall somewhere in our area.

"It's going to be blustery, warm and humid", National Weather Service lead forecaster Mike Griffin said.

Around 200 million people in the USA lie in the path of this intense spring storm. "Things are beginning to dry out, but now there's a huge blizzard predicted".

The sudden change in temperatures, from a high in some cities on Tuesday to freezing conditions on Wednesday, is expected to supercharge the storm with cold air. Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour will be possible at times late Wednesday evening and into Thursday.

South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of MI will be affected by this spring storm.

The storm came ashore from the Pacific Ocean on Sunday and Monday, bringing heavy rainfall and floods to Oregon, where evacuation orders were issued in the Eugene area, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported on Monday.

The storm is also renewing fears of flooding to a part of the country where massive flooding over the past month has caused billions of dollars in damage. So Wednesday's PM commute will be impacted by rain and snow, but even into Thursday morning we could see some slick spots on the roads.

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National Weather Service hydrologists calculate river levels by measuring the soil's moisture, how much snow is on the ground, the current and forecasted temperatures and what precipitation is expected to come. A major blizzard is expected to dump heavy snow on parts of the Midwest in the coming days, possibly setting new records for the month of April.

Some areas of western Minnesota and southeast South Dakota were expected to get up to 30 inches of wet, heavy snow.

It was last April - yes, technically the first full week of spring - when 15.8 inches of snow fell in the Twin Cities.

There are blizzard warnings for nearly 4 million people from eastern Colorado to southwestern Minnesota.

Red flag warnings cover over 4 million people from southeastern Arizona, through much of New Mexico into eastern Colorado Tuesday, where the combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and very warm to hot temperatures will create critical fire weather conditions. So IF we're going to hit those forecast totals, this will be the most likely window to do so in. "Some of this might be record territory".

Winter Storm Wesley is gearing up to bear down on the region with heavy snow and high winds Wednesday, Thursday and Friday - bringing risky travel conditions and the possibility of highway shutdowns, The Weather Channel reported.

The result, the office says, adds up to a "potentially historic spring blizzard".