Willmar, Minn., area in store for some more wintery punishment
WILLMAR — Winter apparently isn’t done with west central Minnesota yet, even though it’s been spring for nearly a month.
The National Weather Service has predicted a winter storm for much of Minnesota today through Friday.
Meteorologist Michelle Margraf at the Weather Service office in Chanhassen said the storm is now over the Rockies, and precipitation should begin in west central Minnesota this morning.
All but the northwest corner of the state will be affected by the storm, Margraf said.
The storm is expected to bring a combination of rain and snow from Wednesday through Friday. Temperatures could determine how much snow will pile up, she said.
“We do think there’s going to be enough to go out and shovel,” she said. “And with rain, and temperatures falling below freezing, we have to watch for slippery spots.”
Precipitation could fall as rain this afternoon, when high temperatures are in the upper 30s, then fall as freezing rain mixed with snow tonight. Margraf said it’s possible that the area could have up to 2 inches of snow by Thursday, with another couple inches of snow falling Thursday night and Friday.
Highs on those days are expected to be in the 30s. Average daytime temperatures at this time of year are in the upper 50s.
Margraf said the Weather Service meteorologists are becoming accustomed to hearing disappointment in people’s voices when they call for the forecast hoping to hear about spring like weather, not more snow.
“We’re sick of (the weather), too,” she said.
The Weather Service had issued storm warnings for South Dakota by Tuesday afternoon but had not yet issued them for most of Minnesota.
“We’ll be looking at it over the next 24 hours,” Margraf said. As the storm comes closer and its path is more certain, warnings or watches will be issued as needed, she added.
Skies are expected to be cloudy over the weekend, with highs in the 40s.
By Monday, there’s a chance of rain predicted with highs in the 50s.