But wait — there’s more.
More snow, that is.
Residents of central Minnesota digging out Saturday morning after a fast, fierce overnight snowstorm might have hoped that the end of March would mean the end of snowy weather, but it’s not to be, the National Weather Service in Chanhassen said Saturday.
Two more rounds of snow will bluster through this week — one late Monday morning into Monday evening that’s expected to bring 2 to 4 inches of snow to central Minnesota and northern Wisconsin, and a second from early Tuesday morning to late Tuesday afternoon that will bring 2 to 4 more inches to southeastern Minnesota and central Wisconsin.
The Twin Cities is on the southern edge of the first shoe and on the northern edge of the second, meaning it could get 2 or 3 inches of snow, or more, the Weather Service said.
The fresh snow will top off more than a foot that fell overnight Friday and early Saturday in central Minnesota. The Twin Cities got some of that too, with 2.8 inches officially recorded at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport by Saturday morning. More snow fell just to the north: 5.5 inches and 6.1 inches were recorded in Andover and St. Cloud, respectively.
Sandstone, in Pine County between the Twin Cities and Duluth, reported 12 inches of snow Saturday morning, according to the Weather Service. Brainerd, Little Falls and Ottertail reported 10 inches, with 11 inches in Isle on Lake Mille Lacs.
A cruel early April
As if all that weren’t fabulous enough, the week will also be cold and breezy, ushering in some windchills associated more with February than April.
“Right now, there’s no significant warm-up in sight,” Jacob Beitlich, a regional meteorologist with the Weather Service, said Saturday morning.
The metro-area low will fall to 12 degrees overnight Saturday, and Sunday will be sunny and cool, with a high near 36, the Weather Service said. Cold-weather records could fall: The Twin Cities record for a low on April 1 is 9 degrees, set in 1975. In Duluth, it’s 1 degree, set in 1975.
Snow will begin to fall in the metro area Monday afternoon, just in time for evening rush hour, and turn to freezing rain overnight until turning back to snow for much of Tuesday.
The combination of snow and freezing rain is likely to make roads hazardous across much of Minnesota, authorities cautioned.
Staff writers Miguel Otárola and Pamela Miller contributed to this report.