Winter Storm for most of Minnesota this weekend
Mar 06, 2019 09:13AM
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By Bill Enderson of Minnesota Public Radio News - March 6, 2019
Powerful weekend storm
The storm entering California on Wednesday will make its way into the southern Rocky Mountains and then into the southern Plains where it will add moisture and strengthen significantly as it turns toward Minnesota.
While it is too early to forecast the storm’s exact track or strength, forecast models are predicting it to be a high-impact storm when it arrives in Minnesota early on Saturday and as it lingers through Sunday.
There will be a good chance of some mixed precipitation in southeastern Minnesota and west-central Wisconsin, mainly early in the event. Meanwhile, heavy, wet snow is likely to fall on a good chunk of Minnesota. Snow should taper off on Sunday.
At this early juncture, I would think the most likely areas to get whacked with a broad swath of plowable snow might be from southwestern Minnesota into the east-central part of the state, including the Twin Cities area, and then into northern Wisconsin.
Regardless of the storm’s exact track, wind on the backside is likely to cause significant blowing and drifting Saturday night and on Sunday. Blizzard conditions are possible during that time frame across the usual areas of western and southern Minnesota.
Weekend storm outlook
Forecasts must be rather vague at this point, but this is likely to be quite a weekend disrupter. Keep track of weather forecasts, updates and expected travel conditions and maybe have a Plan B for both Saturday and Sunday.
What I am wondering is how big the snow piles will be when the Twins host their home opener in just 22 days.