MINNEAPOLIS - Rain, sleet, thunderstorms and snow are all falling southern Minnesota tonight. That will continue on Wednesday before turning over to accumulating snow in the afternoon. This will happen earlier in the day in western Minnesota where accumulations will start in the late morning making that the heaviest snow spot with this storm.
Parts of western Minnesota could see up to 12 inches, with 3 to 8 inches of snow likely by Thursday afternoon in parts of the metro.
A Winter Storm Warning is posted for much of South Dakota, northern Nebraska, and through much of Minnesota, including the Twin Cities metro and Western Wisconsin through Thursday. The duration is important to note because this storm will be affecting through Thursday afternoon, a time span of more than 50 hours.
The nature of April snow is that it's harder to accumulate during the day so the most significant time frame of accumulation will be Wednesday evening into Thursday when several inches of snow could fall.
We may never see all of that at any one time as we see slush accumulate then melt, then accumulate again, but you can bet it will look quite white for a time!
Minnesota does not have a corner on the meteorological misery: A large spring snowstorm delivering heavy snow, high winds and freezing drizzle is causing travel problems from Wyoming all the way to the Minnesota border.
In Wyoming, a 100-mile stretch of Interstate 25 between Cheyenne and Douglas was closed Tuesday as well as a 125-mile section of I-80 between Laramie and Rawlins.
Conditions in South Dakota caused the postponement of numerous local elections and some schools in Minnesota dismissed students early. High winds, freezing drizzle and some snow are affecting parts of Kansas.
Snow in Denver has been lighter than expected, but around 500 flights have been cancelled there.
The storm could also produce tornados later in the day in Oklahoma and Texas.
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