Snow in Late April? You’re Not Hallucinating!

April 19, 2011 1 Comment

The much talked about snow event is here and things are getting rather wintry outside today.  It looks like we’ll be dealing with wet snow through the daylight hours today with a little gradual accumulation on the relatively warm surfaces, especially later in the day and this evening.  As things cool off a bit more tonight, we’ll see a little more in the way of accumulation as temperatures dip slightly below freezing.  A couple of things we’ll be looking for today will be how much the thunderstorm activity to our south in southern Iowa and Illinois robs some of the moisture and possibly affects our local snowfall totals and if some of that instability works its way into the southern part of our local area, possibly producing some convective snow (thundersnow) thereby enhancing the snowfall rates and increasing accumulations.  The way things look right now, Rochester and area to the north will see lighter amounts than along the Iowa border with about 3 or 4 inches at most by tomorrow morning unless some thundersnow develops.  In all reality, because of the warm ground and a southerly storm track that is right now pushing the heaviest snowfall south of the Med City, totals around Rochester, Wabasha, and Zumbrota could be an inch or two because of some of these factors, so it’ll be interesting to see how things pan out.  For now, we’ll stick with our 3 to 6 inch forecast with isolated 8 inch totals in areas where thundersnow can develop.  The heaviest snowfall is likely to take place in far southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa and through much of Wisconsin. 

The current snowfall forecast as of Tuesday morning.

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  1. Greg says:

    To all my warm weather friends… “Let it SNOW… Let it SNOW… Let it SNOW…”

    Thanks KTTC for keeping us up to date..

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