Major winter storm headed toward Minnesota

Airlines were getting ahead of the storm for expected delays and cancellations.

During the March blizzard, several hundred flights were canceled into and out of the all-weather airport. "A slower changeover from rain and we'll have a hard time hitting 2" in the city, a quicker changeover and totals from 4 - 7" in the city will certainly be possible.

Heavier snow is expected along the Down East coast, where up to 8 to 9 inches is forecast to accumulate from Machias to Eastport and Calais.

A storm system lifting up into the Great Lakes will generate an extended period of mixed wintry precipitation over northern MI through Friday. Rain and then blowing snow was expected to hit the Rockies on Wednesday, before moving east into the plains, the NWS Forecast Office in Boulder, Colorado, reported. The low temperature is projected to be around 27 degrees and it is expected to be blustery, with a northeast wind of 15-20 miles per hour and gusts as high as 30 miles per hour. See image below valid for 6 P.M. Wednesday. It'll be a narrow stripe advancing from the west, so some of us - particularly in the South Zone - may not see much from this. As it strengthens, a large swatch of substantial snowfall and blizzard-like conditions will exist from Colorado and Wyoming thru Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of MI.

Communities elsewhere in Minnesota and Wisconsin are bracing for much deeper snow starting as soon as Wednesday.

A storm is tracking toward north Iowa and southern Minnesota Tuesday night through Friday and will feature a wide difference in temperatures.

Rain showers are most likely during the afternoon and evening in the valleys, with a slight chance for thunderstorms. The Watch is in effect from Wednesday through Thursday (April 10-11). The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute. A mix is anticipated for Downeast, with slick conditions expected. Many crested last week causing major flooding across the Twin Cities and other areas of the state.

  • Leroy Wright