Spring Snow Reaches Duluth, Minneapolis
By Brian Lada, Meteorologist
April 16, 2014; 5:40 PM
A mid-April snowstorm will continue to focus on the Upper Midwest through Thursday, spreading snow from Minnesota to Ontario.
Even without the cover the darkness, the snow was falling heavy enough during Wednesday to make roads slippery and treacherous.
Such travel conditions will continue through Thursday morning, including along portions of I-94 and I-35, as well as around the Twin Cities.
The Minnesota Twins were scheduled to take on the Toronto Blue Jays at 7:10 p.m. CDT Wednesday, snow is expected to fall. The game was postponed as of 12:30 p.m. CDT Wednesday.
Snow in this part of the country is not uncommon during the month of April.
On average, Minneapolis receives 2.5 inches of snow during April with a few snowflakes known to fly as late as May.
This has been an unusually snowy winter for folks living in the Twin Cities.
As of April 15, 2014, Minneapolis has recorded 69.5 inches on the season; well above the seasonal average of 54 inches.
If the city can manage to pick up an additional 6.4 inches of snow before the cold air departs for good, it would become the 10th snowiest winter in the city's history.
Even if Minneapolis fails to reach this benchmark, the city could still crack the top 10 for one of the snowiest Aprils on record.
Only 3 more inches of snow is needed to become the 10th snowiest April on record.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel for those who are waiting for winter to finally loosen its grip over the northern Plains and Midwest for good.
Looking ahead past this storm, a warmer trend appears as though it will set up over the regions, allowing for warmer, more seasonable weather to settle in by the start of next week.
This could finally spell the end for snow for cities such as Minneapolis, Madison and Milwaukee.
Afternoon highs are forecast to range between the upper 50s and upper 60s followed by overnight lows in the 40s through much of next week.