Spring fever? Winter storm watch is no cure

From MPR News weather editor Steve Nelson:

If you were out and about along the Mississippi River in Saint Paul this morning, you might have seen a speedboat cutting through the frigid water with two skiers in tow. Those bold and presumably chilly souls may have had a case of something that seems to spread across Minnesota every March: spring fever. The cure is a healthy dose of sun and warmer temperatures, but it appears Mother Nature is not yet ready to write that prescription.

A winter storm watch is in effect starting Sunday evening for much of western and southern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities. The northeastern border of the watch extends along a line from Fargo to Brainerd through the metro and down to Red Wing. Almost every county south and west of that line in Minnesota, indicated in blue below, is included.

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Here’s how the National Weather Service expects the storm to develop:

A LOW PRESSURE STORM SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO MOVE SOUTHEAST ACROSS THE DAKOTAS AND MINNESOTA FROM SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY. THIS SYSTEM MAY BRING SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 INCHES OR MORE TO MUCH OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA. AT THIS TIME… THE GREATEST THREAT FOR HEAVY SNOW IS ALONG AND WEST OF A LINE FROM LONG PRAIRIE TO ALBERT LEA.

It’s a bit early to lock in snow total predictions, and as you can see in this graphic, a lot will depend on storm’s track. Stay tuned.

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  • Craig

    Nicely done Mr. Nelson. Let’s see how this plays out in the Twin Cities on Monday.