Spring storm to dump up to foot of snow on the Upper Midwest; Austin to receive mostly a winter mix with up to 3 inches of snow possible

Published 7:50 am Friday, April 13, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS — Upper Midwest residents longing for spring are facing another spell of wintry weather.

Forecasters expect a storm to dump up to a foot of snow on parts of Minnesota and South Dakota this weekend.

The Austin area is expected to get more of a wintery mix dose.

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Rain Friday is expected to start mixing with snow, freezing rain and sleet throughout the day Saturday. New ice accumulation of less than .1 of an inch is possible with no real snow or sleet accumulation expected.

Snow is expected to continue through the night Saturday with 1 to 3 inches of accumulation possible.

One school in southeastern South Dakota moved up its prom by a day to try to beat the storm. The Argus Leader reports Brandon Valley High School rescheduled the dance from Saturday to Friday night.

The National Weather Service has issued a gale watch for high winds expected on western Lake Superior.

Meteorologist Michelle Margraf at the Twin Cities weather service says rain Friday over southern Minnesota is expected to change to snow as temperatures drop.

Margraf says the central U.S. is stuck in a cold pattern due to high pressure sitting off the East Coast.