Winter without end: Snow winds down, but cold air stays

Snow blankets the Lowell Park grounds near the Lift Bridge Thursday evening. Snow finally winds down today as a spring storm moves east, but snow returns to the St. Croix Valley forecast this weekend and early next week. (Gazette staff photo by Erik Sandin)

Snow blankets the Lowell Park grounds near the Lift Bridge Thursday evening. Snow finally winds down today as a spring storm moves east, but snow returns to the St. Croix Valley forecast this weekend and early next week. (Gazette staff photo by Erik Sandin)

Snow is expected to slowly wind down and a winter weather advisory for the region expired at noon today as an unwelcome spring snowstorm slowly pushed east.

“Occasional light snow will continue through the afternoon and early evening,” said forecasters with the National Weather Service office in Chanhassen. “However, most of the accumulating snow will end by noon with only a light dusting this afternoon and early evening.”

Forecasters said an additional inch of snow is possible and some slick spots could be expected on any untreated surfaces.

Unseasonably cold air will linger over the St. Croix Valley for the next five to 10 days. Highs today are expected to reach the upper 30s and lows are forecast to fall into the upper 20s tonight.

And the region will only get a short period to catch its breath before another storm brings more precipitation to the area, forecaster said.

“Additional rainfall and wintry precipitation is possible across the area this weekend and again next Wednesday and Thursday,” forecasters said. “Minor rises in rivers and streams are also possible.”

There is a slight chance of snow showers between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday with a high near 40. Freezing rain and snow enter the forecast Saturday night when lows dip into the upper 20s.

Sunday will be wet with an 80 percent chance of rain. Some areas could see one-quarter to one-half inch rainfalls. It will be breezy with a high near 44. Sunday night sees a slight chance of rain and snow with lows near 31.

Precipitation lingers into Monday morning before skies turn partly sunny Monday afternoon with a high near 45. Clouds roll back in Monday night with a low near 28.

Tuesday sees partial clearing and a high near 45. Snow returns to the forecast Tuesday night with lows near 32. More rain is likely Wednesday with highs near 43 and that rain transitions to snow Wednesday night with a low near 30. The mid-week snow continues into Thursday with a high near 41.

Contact Erik Sandin at erik.sandin@ecm-inc.com

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