Spring will return to Minnesota this week after a stretch of cooler than normal weather. Yesterday's wind and rain will give way to sunshine and temps in the 60s & 70s through Wednesday -- then things cool back down again at the end of the week, with our first chance of Spring thunderstorms coming on Wednesday.
Mother Nature doesn't care that our calendar says Spring. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Central and Southeastern Minnesota in effect from 11 AM this morning through 1 AM tonight -- with 2 to 4" of snow expected here in St. Cloud (more in some areas).
Warmer temperatures will continue all this week with highs 10 to 25 degrees above normal. Highs in the fifties can be expected across Central Minnesota, with sixties possible across the southern part of the state. Minnesota, we deserve it!
The Minnesota State Patrol responded to 51 crashes yesterday in the St. Cloud area. One person was killed on I-94 and six others were hurt in a pileup that included 40 vehicles and forced the closure of the interstate in both directions. Here's some post-pileup cleanup B-roll video captured by StormChasingVideo.com.
A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for St. Cloud and areas north and east until 9 PM tonight for snow and blowing snow. A Blizzard Warning remains in effect to the south and west, including Wilmar and Morris.
March in Central Minnesota looks like it will be starting off with a fresh coat of snow and strong winds to blow it all around. Winter Weather Advisories & Blizzard Warnings have been issued for tonight & tomorrow for 4-8" of snow, with wind gusts up to 45 mph -- impacting both Tuesday commutes.
Tomorrow could be one of the coldest; if not the coldest day of the winter. The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Warning for tonight and tomorrow for wind chills in the -35˚ to -45˚ range. The low temperature in St. Cloud is expected to drop to -14˚ overnight tonight, and Sunday's high is forecast to only reach -3˚.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 -- A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through 9 PM tonight for all but extreme Southwestern Minnesota. 3-5" of snow is expected in the St. Cloud area and points North. Lesser amounts are expected to the South. Both commutes will be impacted today.
The National Weather Service has extended the Winter Weather Advisory for Central Minnesota through 7 PM this evening. A quick burst of snow is expected to produce 1 to 3 inches of new snow across our area, causing tricky travel for the evening commute.
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