At this point, we may all be April's fools.
The second major snowfall in a little more than a week is expected to slam into the Twin Cities area Thursday night and drop up to six inches of fresh snow on the Hopkins area by Friday morning, marking the second straight Friday reisdents here will wake up to white.
While last Thursday's snow totals came in under forecasted amounts, this storm is packing some moisture with it, and the Twin Cities area should see snow beginning Thursday night and extending into Friday.
That should create yet another messy, miserable commute for Friday morning as well.
The official weather statement, via the National Weather Service:
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM THURSDAY TO 10 AM CDT FRIDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
A WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FROM 7 AM THURSDAY TO 10 AM FRIDAY.
* TIMING: LIGHT SNOW WILL BEGIN THIS EVENING WEST OF A LINE FROM REDWOOD FALLS TO MORA WITH A MIXTURE OF RAIN... SLEET AND SNOW TO THE EAST. PRECIPITATION WILL BECOME ALL SNOW THURSDAY MORNING... WITH PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW THURSDAY AFTERNOON INTO THURSDAY NIGHT.
* SNOW ACCUMULATION: 6 TO 8 INCHES.
* OTHER IMPACTS: STRONG NORTH WINDS ARE EXPECTED THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND THURSDAY NIGHT... GUSTING AT TIMES TO 35 MPH. THIS WILL LEAD TO SOME BLOWING SNOW IN OPEN AREAS BY THURSDAY NIGHT.
A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL... KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT... FOOD... AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.
... LIGHT SNOW MIXED WITH RAIN TONIGHT BECOMING HEAVIER THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING...
.LIGHT SNOW... MIXED WITH SLEET AND RAIN AT TIMES... WILL DEVELOP OVERNIGHT WITH HEAVIER BANDS OF SNOW LIKELY BY THURSDAY AFTERNOON... THROUGH EARLY FRIDAY MORNING.
CURRENT FORECASTS HAVE BETWEEN 6 AND 8 INCHES OF SNOW ACROSS PORTIONS OF SOUTHWEST... WEST CENTRAL AND CENTRAL MINNESOTA... WITH LESSER AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 5 INCHES ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA... AND WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN. WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN WILL LIKELY HAVE MORE RAIN THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON... BEFORE CHANGING OVER TO SNOW THURSDAY NIGHT. THERE STILL REMAINS A BIT OF UNCERTAINTY WITH RESPECT TO TIMING AND PLACEMENT OF THE HEAVIEST SNOW AXIS.