The earliest signs of pressure drops, indicating a developing storm, were occurring to the east of the Rockies on Tuesday. The record temperature for the date is 81°F, set in 1977.
Snow is expected to begin in the Duluth area by about 7 a.m. Thursday, Weather Service meteorologist Justin Schultz said.
A blizzard warning is in effect northwest of a line from Redwood Falls to St. Cloud.
Throughout the day Thursday and Friday, the wind will get a lot stronger. The tribe will be seeking help for flooding-related infrastructure repairs from the federal government as well as charities and nonprofits, but many private property owners are looking at the prospect of funding extensive repairs on their own. "It would melt relatively quickly in already bulging rivers".
"It's essentially a thunderstorm, but it's cold enough for snow", Connelly said.
South of the Palmer this system doesn't seem like as-big-a-deal, at least with regard to rain and snow.
This heavy snow, possibly starting out as rain, is likely to fall over areas still suffering flooding from last month's bomb cyclone and melting snow over the past few weeks, including the flood-ravaged Missouri Valley.
This will be a WINDY system.
And to top things off, wind gusts are expected to be as high as 45 miles per hour.
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Even in areas with little to no snow, forecasters predict wind damage.
"Winds will increase Wednesday night with gusts of 45 to 55 miles per hour by Thursday", according to the Weather Service.
Travel could be very hard and snow could significantly reduce visibility.
To the south in parts of Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma, the storm will cause high winds, with wind gusts potentially reaching up to 75 miles per hour.
The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, one of the poorest areas in the nation, is bracing for another major winter storm and the prospect of renewed flooding that is also forecast to hit a wide swath of the Plains and Midwest just a month after the last weather blast.
Parts of six states were under blizzard warnings on Wednesday, in an area that included Denver; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Scottsbluff, Nebraska; and Pierre, South Dakota. But we're still getting some of it. This storm takes a much more northerly track.
"We usually get a winter storm sometime in April", the National Weather Service's Kari Fleegel told South Dakota Public Broadcasting 's Gary Ellenbolt.
In March, a "bomb cyclone" dumped heavy snow on Pine Ridge, which lead to severe flooding. If you're still seeing rain Wednesday evening, you're nearly certain to see the low end of our snowfall forecast for your area, if that.
For Denver, it looks like the best window for snow will come between 4pm and 11pm. So IF we're going to hit those forecast totals, this will be the most likely window to do so in.
"The historic nature is going to mainly revolve around the snow that we're going to see", Accuweather meteorologist Max Vido. That snowfall could turn into a wintry mix by the evening, bringing sleet that the forecasters warned could create icy roads in time for the commute home.
We'll see how data trends today and offer an update if needed.