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Spring...or is it?


According to the National Weather Service, on Wednesday, April 10, a band of heavy snow developed in advance of a low pressure system over the Plains and lifted north across the region slowly during the day.  It produced one to two inches of snow an hour at times and was even accompanied by lightning and thunder across Minnesota.  Another band developed over Iowa during the evening and lifted north overnight, producing another round of thundersnow and hourly snow rates of one to two inches early Thursday morning. Most of the snow occurred with these two rounds.  Snowfall totals of 6 to 12 inches were common. Warmer air aloft begin to arrive Thursday morning across the state, causing the snow to turn to a wintry mix of sleet, snow, and rain. Quarter size hail was reported with all three storms. The worst of the wind occurred Thursday.  East winds gusting between 50 and 65 mph resulted in 650+ damaged power poles and hundreds of lines down.  The Associated Press reported 100,000 people in Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin had lost power.  The wind also produced widespread blizzard conditions across western Minnesota, where most of the precipitation remained snow throughout the event. By Thursday night, winds began to subside and the precipitation was more patchy.  A final round of snow occurred Friday morning on the backside of the low, with another inch or two falling. The snow also had a yellow/green tinge to it due to dust picked up from Texas.

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