Snow storm departs and chilly winds diminish today

Snow intensified over eastern Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin last night, dumping more than 11 inches of snow at Hutchinson, Minn., and Hawthorne, Wis.

Snowfall totals are posted as they are received by the National Weather Service.  Check for the latest snowfall reports here.

The heaviest snowfall totals around the Twin Cities are coming in around 10  inches in Delano in the northwest suburbs in Wright County.

Weather radar shortly before 7 a.m. showed a band of heavier snow moving through the Twin Cities metro area.  The snow will diminish and end in east central Minnesota at mid morning.  Brisk north winds will keep a nip in the air.

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Screen capture of snow band on radar shortly before 7 a.m. Image:NOAA/

Sunshine returns as we move through the afternoon hours and some melting is likely to commence.

Severe thunderstorms and a small risk of tornadoes are in the forecast for the locations in the warmer air, well southeast of Minnesota.

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Storm Prediction Center's forecast for tornado potential today.

Expect chilly conditions to begin the day on Saturday. Overnight lows will dip into the teens and perhaps the single digits over the fresh snow cover in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.

Relatively quiet weather is in store for Saturday and Sunday, although a mixture of light rain and snow is possible in central Minnesota on Sunday.

The moisture from Thursday night and Friday's snow storm is welcome in portions of the Minnesota River Valley, where drought conditions remained into early April. Up to an inch of moisture likely fell in the most parched regions.

Drought status. Image:Drought Monitor

Doppler radar painted this graphic of estimated water content of precipitation through 7:23 a.m.

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Estimated liquid content of precipitation. Image:NOAA/

Baseball returns to Target Field for the 2014 season opener on Monday.  When I visited the weather lab on Tuesday, the ball park playing field looked in mid season shape.

Photo:Craig Edwards

High temperatures on Monday are expected to be close to the seasonal normal, in the lower 50s.

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Image:National Weather Service.