Spring snow spreading over Minnesota
AccuWeather Global Weather Center - AccuWeather.com reports a mid-April snowstorm will focus on the northern Plains and Upper Midwest through Thursday, spreading snow from the Dakotas to Ontario.
The biggest impacts from this system will be felt on Wednesday evening and into Thursday morning when snow will have the greatest chance of accumulating under the cover of darkness.
This could lead to slick, slushy roadways for the Wednesday evening and Thursday morning commutes along portions of I-94 and I-35, as well as around the Twin Cities.
As the Minnesota Twins take on the Toronto Blue Jays at 7:10 p.m. CDT Wednesday, snow is expected to fall. The snow and cold could affect the Blue Jay star, R.A. Dickey's pitch, according to ESPN.
Snow will have a tough time accumulating during the daytime on Wednesday due to the higher angle of the sun this time of year when compared to the winter months.
However, snow accumulations cannot be completely ruled out during the daytime hours. If the snow manages to fall at a fast enough rate, it may begin to accumulate, particularly on grassy surfaces.
Snow in this part of the country is not uncommon during the month of April.
On average, Minneapolis receives 2.5 inches of snow during April with a few snowflakes known to fly as late as May.
This has been an unusually snowy winter for folks living in the Twin Cities.
As of April 15, 2014, Minneapolis has recorded 69.5 inches on the season; well above the seasonal average of 54 inches.
If the city can manage to pick up an additional 6.4 inches of snow before the cold air departs for good, it would become the 10th snowiest winter in the city's history.
Even if Minneapolis fails to reach this benchmark, the city could still crack the top 10 for one of the snowiest Aprils on record.
Only 3 more inches of snow is needed to become the 10th snowiest April on record.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel for those who are waiting for winter to finally loosen its grip over the northern Plains and Midwest for good.
Looking ahead past this storm, a warmer trend appears as though it will set up over the regions, allowing for warmer, more seasonable weather to settle in by the start of next week.
This could finally spell the end for snow for cities such as Minneapolis, Madison and Milwaukee.
Afternoon highs are forecast to range between the upper 50s and upper 60s followed by overnight lows in the 40s through much of next week.