Snow, rain and sleet: Messy weather targets Minnesota Thursday

Portions of the state could see 6 to 8 inches or more of snow

the morning after a big snow storm
The sun rises while crews shovel snow off sidewalks after the first big snowfall in St. Paul Wednesday.
Kathryn Styer Martinez | MPR News

A strong storm is expected to bring parts of Minnesota up to 8 inches of snow Thursday, making for difficult travel around the state.

Thursday’s storm

The center of a potent weather system will slide across Iowa Thursday, keeping Minnesota on the cold side of that storm.  Ahead of the storm, there is already rain and a little freezing rain in southern Minnesota and snow through the middle of the state as of 7 a.m.

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6:48 a.m. Thursday radar
National Weather Service

Through the morning, this precipitation continues to spread across the state.  For southern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities, the precipitation will be mostly rain with isolated storms possible, and occasional freezing rain or sleet mixing in.

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Precipitation types forecast Thursday afternoon
National Weather Service

For central and northern Minnesota, the precipitation stays mostly snow, including a heavy snow corridor in central Minnesota that is likely to see 6 to 8 inches, with isolated higher amounts. 

Because of the significant travel impacts expected, the places likely to see the heaviest snow are under a winter storm warning, and surrounding areas are under a winter weather advisory through early Friday morning.

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Snow concerns Thursday
National Weather Service

Highs will be in the 30s across the entire state Thursday, making the snow a wet, heavy snow, so you should also exercise caution when doing any shoveling.

Precipitation winds down overnight Thursday and clears out Friday morning, but more snow is already on the way Saturday.

That extended forecast will be updated around 9 a.m.

Programming note

You can hear my live weather updates on Minnesota Public Radio at 7:48 a.m. Monday through Friday morning.

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