Meteorological mess: Violent storm eases out Friday

Thundersnow; thunder-sleet; graupel; rain; hail; and 60 mph winds.

And severe thunderstorm and blizzard warnings at the same time, plus Texas dust. That about cover it?

Our latest April snowstorm brought just about every kind of frozen precipitation there is.

Even this brave Minnesota state trooper could not overcome the wind and ice.

Heavy snow up north overnight

The heaviest snowfall zones favor western and northern Minnesota into early Friday. Snow, sleet and rain will be more intermittent from the Twin Cities south and east. The storm will gradually ease out of Minnesota Friday.

Here’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s High-Resolution Rapid Refresh model through Friday.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s High-Resolution Rapid Refresh model through 6 p.m. CDT Friday via tropical tidbits.

Wind and snow gradually ease across southern Minnesota as we move into Friday. Northern and western Minnesota picks up another 5 to 10 inches.

Wind and waves

Check out the view from Duluth harbor Thursday afternoon.

Courtesy of Lake Superior Maritime Museum.

Emergency conditions

I can’t remember the last time I saw a local emergency declared. The combination of wind damage and widespread power outages have created emergency conditions in Freeborn County, Minn. Here’s an update from Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Melt ahead

Temperatures near 60 degrees in the next 10 days will feel very nice.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration via Weather Bell.

Hang in there Minnesota!