Snow/rain showers for metro; a few inches of snow in northern MN

Here’s the snow tally through 1 a.m. Friday:

The snow total of 8.9 inches at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport makes this the 10th-largest April snowstorm in Twin Cities weather records:

Minnesota State Climatology Office

You can check snow accumulations as they are posted by the National Weather Service. Hover over a location on their snow map site to see the snow total and the time of observation.

Snow outlook today

A low pressure system will spin through Minnesota Friday, with the heaviest snow to the north.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s North American Mesoscale Forecast System model shows the potential precipitation pattern Friday through Friday night:

NOAA NAM simulated radar Friday through Friday night, via tropicaltidbits

The color chart to the right of the loop refers to the strength of the signal that returns to the radar, not to the amount of snow or rain.

As always, updated weather information can be heard on the Minnesota Public Radio Network, and you’ll also see updated weather info on the MPR News live weather blog.

The Twin Cities metro area will see light snow showers and light rain showers at times Friday.

Northern Minnesota will see the most snow:

NWS Duluth

 

NWS Grand Forks, N’D.

Here’s a tour of warnings and advisories:

NWS Twin Cities

The blizzard warning in parts of southwestern Minnesota becomes a winter weather advisory at 7 a.m.:

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Sioux Falls SD
342 AM CDT Fri Apr 12 2019

…HISTORIC APRIL WINTER STORM WINDING DOWN…

MNZ071-072-SDZ040-121645-
/O.EXB.KFSD.WW.Y.0024.190412T1200Z-190412T1800Z/
/O.CON.KFSD.BZ.W.0005.000000T0000Z-190412T1200Z/
Lincoln-Lyon-Brookings-
Including the cities of Tyler, Hendricks, Lake Benton, Ivanhoe,
Marshall, and Brookings
342 AM CDT Fri Apr 12 2019

…BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM CDT THIS
MORNING…
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM THIS MORNING TO
1 PM CDT THIS AFTERNOON…

* WHAT…Blizzard conditions. Snow diminishing. Additional snow
accumulations of up to two inches. Winds gusting as high as 35
mph.

* WHERE…In South Dakota, Brookings County. In Minnesota,
Lincoln and Lyon Counties.

* WHEN…For the Blizzard Warning, until 7 AM CDT this morning.
For the Winter Weather Advisory, from 7 AM this morning to 1
PM CDT this afternoon.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions. Areas
of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The
hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are
expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds
and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout
conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If
you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get
stranded, stay with your vehicle.

A Winter Weather Advisory means periods of snow and blowing snow
will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered
roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can
be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

NWS Duluth

NWS Grand Forks

You can check for forecast updates from the National Weather Service offices in the Twin CitiesGrand Forks, N.D., Sioux Falls, S.D., and Duluth.

Updated road conditions will be posted by the Minnesota and Wisconsin transportation departments.

Programming note

MPR news will have updates on this winter storm throughout the day.

You can hear my live weather updates on Minnesota Public Radio at 7:49 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and at 7:35 a.m., 9:35 a.m. and 4:35 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.