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May Day baskets may be buried

Green grass recently ripe for mowing may be buried beneath a fresh mantle of snow if the late winter storm track holds true. The storm was expected to take aim on the northland as of Sunday night and linger into Monday, potentially bringing sever...

Green grass recently ripe for mowing may be buried beneath a fresh mantle of snow if the late winter storm track holds true.

The storm was expected to take aim on the northland as of Sunday night and linger into Monday, potentially bringing several inches of spring snow to blot out the fresh greenery. The National Weather Service in Duluth predicted rain would spread northward across the region overnight, and gradually transition to snow across much of northeast Minnesota.

"Several inches of new snow is expected from the Brainerd lakes region into the Minnesota Arrowhead," the weather service reported Sunday. "More than 6 inches will be possible in an area from west of Duluth/Superior into the Minnesota Arrowhead. Lesser amounts are expected in the city of Duluth, with much less snow expected in northwest Wisconsin and near International Falls. "Gusty northeast to north winds will also be found across the area over the next few days. A Winter Storm Warning has been posted for the area of expected heavy snow, with Winter Weather Advisories surrounding that area of heavy snow."

The Brainerd lakes region is in a Winter Weather Advisory through noon today.

As of 6:30 p.m. Sunday, the weather service was still anticipating 3 to 6 inches of snow for the Brainerd lakes region with lessening amounts outside the corridor of snow extending through Brainerd toward the North Shore. The storm line extended from the Canadian border into the Texas Panhandle.

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"An area of low pressure over northeast Kansas this afternoon will advance northeastward to southern Ontario by Tuesday morning," the weather service reported Sunday night. "Rain will
mix with and eventually change to snow for portions of central Minnesota tonight and in northeast Minnesota late tonight or Monday morning. Snow rates of 1 inch per hour are likely from near Aitkin and Grand Rapids, to the Iron Range, and interior portions of the Arrowhead late tonight through Monday morning. The Monday morning commute will be slow for some Northlanders due
to snow accumulation on roads and visibility less than one-half mile.

"As temperatures warm slightly during the day, snow accumulation will slow down as melting and compaction take on a more prominent role. Precipitation may change back to rain as the
rates diminish during the late morning into the afternoon."

Fifty years ago this past Sunday, a storm system brought huge waves to Duluth and tornadoes to southern Minnesota with fatalities in both locations. On April 30, 1967, Minneapolis had a high of 55 degrees while Duluth topped out at 34 degrees.

And while strong winds and waves pounded the Duluth shoreline that night on Sunday, April 30, 1967, multiple tornadoes hit various cities in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, including Waseca, Albert Lea, and Clear Lake, Iowa. The weather service reported there were 21 tornadoes reported along with 13 fatalities and 80 people were injured.

Temperatures in Brainerd on Sunday, April 30, 2017, were mild and reached 51 degrees for a high beneath overcast skies. The forecast called for rain about 1 a.m. today changing to snow about 3 a.m. Nighttime accumulation may range from 1 to 3 inches of snow with another 1 to 3 inches possible today before noon. By afternoon, the precipitation may change back to rain with a high of 39 degrees.

While winter is having a difficult time relinquishing the reins, this blast of snow and cold has a limited shelf life. By Tuesday, the high temperatures should rebound to the upper 50s. And highs for the week ahead are expected to be in the 60s and stretching toward 70 by the weekend beneath sunny skies. So while winter may be dampening spring spirits in the short-term, the snow-should it arrive as predicted-won't last long. Summer is coming.

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