Light, slushy snow overnight with strong winds overnight through Wednesday

Here’s your Tuesday evening forecast for April 2, 2024 from Minnesota’s Weather Authority and Meteorologist Wren Clair.

A Wind Advisory is in effect for most of southern Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin Wednesday. Wind gusts from 45 to 50 mph are possible through most of the day into the evening.

Scattered light rain showers and drizzle are still possible, but not widespread this evening. west-central and southwestern Minnesota have the best shot at a few rain showers this evening. Otherwise, the rain chance turns over to the potential for light snow overnight (mainly past 10 PM through early Wednesday morning). Again, the precipitation does not look widespread. The east and south metro stand the best shot at seeing a slushy snow of up to about one inch on grassy surfaces. So those east of I-35 stand the best chance at seeing that light snow. Cities like Menomonie and Rice Lake might have closer to 2 inches of snow, and possibly some slush on the roads.

The other big story is the wind. North winds will gust from 45 to 50 mph at times across southern Minnesota into northwest Wisconsin. After dinner tonight, it would be a good idea to bring in any outdoor furniture that could blow around in the wind. The breeze gets a little lighter on Thursday, and then calms down on Friday. Overall, this large low producing the snow and wind has slowed down over the Great Lakes. That will hold back the anticipated warm-up later this week. Highs will still get into the 50s by Thursday and Friday, with some 60s possible this weekend.