MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — If you live in Minnesota, no, Wednesday is not a nightmare and you will not wake up to the warm sun on your face. Snow has already struck and more is expected.
An intense band of snowfall just north of the Twin Cities, stretching from Willmar to Duluth to Hayward, Wis., will continue through the afternoon. Within the band, there’s expected to be snowfall rates of 1 inch of snow an hour.
It’s already affecting the roads, too. The Minnesota State Patrol reports that since 3 a.m., troopers were called to 137 crashes — one fatal and 20 involving injuries.
By early Thursday morning, areas like Brainerd, Duluth and north of Hinckley area are expected to see 10 to 16 inches of heavy, wet snow.
In the metro area, snow falls could range from just a coating on the grass in the south metro to possibly an inch or two of snow in the north metro.
“We’ll have a lot of wind with that, too. It’s just going to be an ugly day,” meteorologist Mike Augustyniak said.
On late Wednesday morning, the Minnesota Twins announced that the game against the Toronto Blue Jays has been postponed due to the inclement weather and will be made up Thursday.
As for the rest of the week, on Thursday morning, flurries are expected. On Friday, a rain/snow mix is expected in southern Minnesota.
Fortunately, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Temperatures in the 60s are expected early next week, so hold tight.