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Minnesota Weather: March Snowstorm To Bring Heavy, Wet Snow To Southern Part Of State

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Just as Minnesotans are settling into spring, a sizable snowstorm is headed our way.

WCCO meteorologist Lisa Meadows says after a Sunday with highs in the 40s, the state will drop to the low-30s in the evening, and rise only into the mid-30s Monday — just in time for a storm system to roll in during the morning hours.

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The system — which has already dropped plenty of snow in Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska — will battle a pocket of dry air pushing south from northern Minnesota, which is a part of the state that will stay dry.

A Winter Storm Advisory and a Winter Storm Warning will be in effect throughout southern Minnesota between 1 a.m. and 4 p.m. The storm will enter the southwest corner of the state after midnight, featuring a snowfall rate of 1-2 inches an hour for several hours. That part of the state will also experience below-zero lows overnight.

Cities like Redwood Falls and Faribault will likely get 3-5 inches of snow, while further south, along the I-90 corridor, communities could see 6-9 inches.

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As the storm heads north, the precipitation will turn into a slushy rain-snow mix. It will reach the Twin Cities by about 10 a.m., but the snow will mostly melt on contact. The heaviest precipitation will be between 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., with 1-3 inches expected. The system will exit the state by 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Any lingering slush will be gone Wednesday, as temperatures make a rebound. The mercury will keep rising for the rest of the week, and we’ll be back to the high 50s by next weekend.

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Source: CBS Minnesota

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