Snow moving across the state Thursday

Published: Apr. 16, 2020 at 8:00 AM CDT
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A band of snow is setting up across the state from west to east very near Interstate 80. That band of snow will continue through the day Thursday.

Later today, some of the snow may begin to lighten out west. It may also change to rain from time to time for parts of the area. As afternoon goes to evening, snow will continue to shift south and eastward and eventually clear up by around or shortly after midnight. Additional snow accumulation in the evening should mostly be confined to the far east and southeast.

There are many factors in play that make the snowfall accumulation forecast very difficult.

1) The placement of the main band of snowfall could have a minor shift north or south, meaning that some places could go from picking up several inches of snow to getting just a little bit.

2) With temperatures a little above freezing in the 30s today, there will be some melting of snow.

3) Also, more solar radiation can pass through the clouds in mid-April than what does in the winter months. This could lead to additional melting.

4) Any areas that warm up enough can change over to rain which will in turn mean less snowfall.

As of now, many within the Winter Weather Advisory (purple) seems most likely to pick up around 1 to 3 inches of snow. But some within that may easily get a little more or a little less because of the factors listed above. The areas under the Winter Storm Warning (pink) are most likely to pick up higher amounts of 3 to 5 inches of snow.

While winds won't be strong enough to cause whiteout conditions, winds out of the northeast at 15 to 25 mph will cause some blowing snow and visibility restrictions. Plan on slick road conditions.

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