A little or a lot? Potential of up to 6 inches of May snow in Brainerd area
If all the stars align perfectly with the weather overnight Wednesday, May 8, the Brainerd area could possibly see up to 4-6 inches of snow.
But more likely—residents may just see a trace to an inch of snow by the time the rain and snowstorm makes it way through the lakes area by Thursday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Duluth's forecast. Lead Meteorologist Jonathan Wolfe with the NWS Wednesday hosted a webinar on the potential snowstorm, stating the Brainerd area is still looking at a trace to an inch of snow. However, he said the Brainerd area possibly could see up to 4-6 inches if all the weather factors align just right in the atmosphere with the ground and air temperatures, creating more snow than rain.
The NWS issued a winter weather advisory and a winter storm warning to the region northeast of Brainerd. The snow is expected to be wet and heavy and there is a potential of a foot of snow near Lake Superior. Power outages may occur. Northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin will be the areas most impacted by the snow.
Rain transitioned into snow around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night and was expected to turn into heavy, wet snow by midnight, with the snow ending around noon Thursday. The wind may play a factor in the weather, as Brainerd area residents are expected to see a maximum of 29 mph wind gusts Wednesday night.
The lakes area forecast calls for a 90% chance of rain before midnight Wednesday, with a low of about 34 degrees. It is expected to get windy, with a north wind around 15 mph and gusts as high as 30 mph. Going into the overnight Wednesday, snow accumulation of less than a half inch is possible. Rain and snow is likely before 9 a.m. Thursday, with a chance of rain between 9-10 a.m. Thursday's high should be near 52 and the winds are expected to continue to be strong. During the day Thursday, the chance of precipitation is 60%, with less than a half-inch of snow possible.
Friday should be sunny with a high near 60 degrees, and Saturday there is a chance of showers with thunderstorms possible after 2 p.m. Anglers on Saturday—the fishing opener—are expected to have a high near 60 degrees and on Sunday, Mother's Day, the high may be 61.