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Spring storm to bring ice, new snow to Brainerd lakes area

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There’s good news and bad news with the impending spring snow storm.

The good news: the Brainerd lakes area will only see 1 to 3 inches of fresh snow, as opposed to the six inches first predicted.

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The bad news, however, is that sleet and freezing rain will likely be mixed in with that system.

That’s the potentially dangerous aspect of this “hard to predict” storm system, said Melody Lovin, meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Duluth.

A winter weather advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. Tuesday for Aitkin, southern Cass, Crow Wing and Wadena counties. Northern Cass is listed in a winter storm warning.

Rain or freezing rain will likely start before 10 a.m. Monday, with snow falling between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., according to the NWS. The high is near 37 degrees.

Snow will continue into Monday night, with a chance of precipitation at 100 percent. That chance of snow lowers Tuesday to 20 percent before 1 p.m. Tuesday will be partly sunny with a high near 30 degrees.

By the time the storm passes, it’s expected to leave 1 to 3 inches of snow and up to 1/4 inch of ice on the Brainerd area.

“It does cause a hazardous travel situation,” Lovin said.

The spring storm system may be dumping a few extra inches of snow on Brainerd, but areas in northern Minnesota aren’t as lucky. International Falls could see 12-15 inches of snow. Lake of the Woods could see 15-20 inches.

Spring storms like this are unpredictable, Lovin warned. It’s hard to predict fully just how much precipitation there will be, especially when the air starts to warm up.

“Things are always changing, always rolling in spring,” she said.

JESSICA LARSEN may be reached at jessica.larsen@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5859. Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/brainerdnews.

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