Slushy April snow rolls into Minnesota: What to expect

- Be sure to prepare for a slushy commute Tuesday morning.

Low pressure cruises across the state Monday night into Tuesday and reinvigorates the slush-machine for the area through Tuesday afternoon.

From noon to 8:45 p.m. on Monday, Minnesota State Patrol responded to 197 crashes statewide. There were also 123 vehicle that spun out or went off the road and one jackknifed semi.

When all is said and done, we should receive a total of 4 to 6 inches (and isolated 8 inches+) across our area by later Tuesday. But the ground is warm, roads are warmer and afternoon temperatures skirt just above the thaw mark, so actual measurements of the wet slop will vary greatly from one spot to the next.  

Monday’s evening commute in the Twin Cities will have falling snow and scattered slippery/slushy spots, but Tuesday morning’s commute looks to be hit the hardest.

Once the system rolls out, we’ll stay cold for the rest for the week with highs 10 to 20 degrees below average. At least the power of April sunshine will cause some melting, even if temperatures don’t cooperate.

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