April 14, 2018 02:17 PM
KSTP meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas says there will be some light snowfall Saturday morning, but the heavier precipitation will begin around 2 p.m. The snowfall will remain consistent through the night.
Snow amounts will vary from place to place and thunder with the snow will enhance snowfall in some spots.
Saturday will involve strong winds, with speeds ranging from 20 to 35 mph. The gusts could reach up to 40 mph, according to Yuhas.
The heaviest snowfall will happen between 2 p.m. and 11 p.m., with more than 5 inches of snow accumulation in spots. Yuhas says there will be freezing drizzle, sleet, and snow later in the night.
Yuhas added if more than 10 inches of snow falls within the next 24 hours, it will be the snowiest April on record since the 1870's.
Because of the snow, a winter storm and blizzard warning stays active until 7 p.m. Sunday for several Minnesota and Wisconsin counties.
The Minnesota counties impacted by the winter storm warning include Benton, Chisago, Isanti, Sherburne, and Stearns.
The counties in Wisconsin include Barron, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Polk, and Rusk.
The counties affected by the blizzard warning include Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Goodhue, Hennepin, Freeborn, Le Sueur, Ramsey, Rice, Scott, Steele, Waseca, Washington and Wright. Wisconsin counties include Pierce and St. Croix. The blizzard warning was initially made for the southwest part of the state, but just after 11 a.m. Saturday was declared for some spots in the south metro, and south-central Minnesota. Just before 1 p.m. Saturday, the blizzard warning has been expanded to the most of the metro.
Yuhas also suggests to not travel in some areas of the state, due to the icy road conditions.
The National Weather Service also recommends to use headlights at all times Saturday. Roads have been shut down in southwestern Minnesota, due to the blizzard conditions.
Highs will be around 32 degrees, but the wind will surely affect those temperatures. Saturday night is expected to include some snow mixed with freezing drizzle. Yuhas said the snow could accumulate to 2 to 4 more inches. The low will be around 25 degrees.
The Minnesota State State Patrol reported a total of 245 crashes statewide as of 10 a.m. Saturday. There was total of 230 vehicle spinouts, or vehicles that went off the road. There were also 8 jackknifed semis.
#MSPNumbers Statewide 12am 4/13/18 thru 10am 4/14/18: 245 crashes (22 with injury, 2-serious injury Brainerd, St Cloud, 1-fatal injury Medina) & 230 veh spin out/off road & 8 jackknifed semis. Next crash update 4:30pm.— State Patrol PIO (@MSPPIO) April 14, 2018
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board issued a statement that all recreation centers will be closed Saturday, including all programs and activities taking place at those locations. The cities of Richfield and Eden Prairie have also declared snow emergencies.
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport announced Saturday afternoon there will be no flights in or out of the airport due to a lack of visibility with falling snow.
MSP made the announcement around 2 p.m. Saturday.
Airport officials said they hope to resume flights by 7 p.m.
Yuhas said the snow will continue through the day Sunday, but should taper off by the evening. 1 to 4 more inches of snow is expected to fall Sunday. Total accumulation between Friday and Sunday could range from 6 to 12 inches.
Updated: April 14, 2018 02:17 PM
Created: April 14, 2018 08:25 AM
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