While Monday might have been our first meteorological day of spring, Old Man Winter is nosing his way back into the Twin Cities area, including Wright County, with a winter storm expected to hit the region Wednesday afternoon.
The National Weather Service in Chanhassen has issued a Winter Storm Watch for much of the Twin Cities, including areas just east and south of the North Wright County Today area. Meanwhile, a Winter Storm Warning is shaping up for areas further south, including Dakota County, Red Wing, Rochester and into northern Iowa and eastern Wisconsin.
While Wright County remains to the north and west of the storm track, the NWS has emphasised that the track of the storm is uncertain, and could shift northward if currents from the Gulf Coast push it out of Iowa and the low pressure system centers over Minnesota. That would bring more moisture into the Wright County area.
However, it seems now that the forecast is for the low pressure center to stay closer to the Iowa border, meaning Wright County would remain fairly dry.
Travel, however, into the Twin Cities and the southern suburbs would be rough for commuters on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning if this storm drops the expected 4 to 8 inches of snow on areas like Bloomington, Eagan and Eden Prairie.
Here’s the rundown from the National Weather Service:
WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING…
* TIMING… WEDNESDAY MORNING UNTIL THURSDAY MORNING.
* MAIN IMPACT… 6 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW POSSIBLE.
* OTHER IMPACTS… BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW MAY OCCUR WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT.
A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW… SLEET… OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.
March 23rd Snowstorm BriefingThis short video provides some insight into the snowstorm Wednesday and Wednesday night. The main takeaway is there will be a very sharp snowfall gradient across Minnesota and Wisconsin but confidence is low with where it will set up. Confidence is high, however, that 6-12+ inches will fall within the band of heavy snow.
Posted by US National Weather Service Twin Cities Minnesota on Tuesday, March 22, 2016