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Snow Continues To Target Upper Midwest

UPDATED 8 AM CST, November 6, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Seth Carrier

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A winter storm continues to bring November`s first snowfall to the Upper Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes. A few more inches will fall through midday before warmer temperatures return.

Snow is stretched from southwestern Minnesota to northern Wisconsin and Minnesota`s Arrowhead this morning. As much as 10 inches have blanketed Gordon, Neb., and Pipestone, Minn., with most snow totals across the Central and Northern Plains and Upper Mississippi Valley in the range of 2 to 5 inches. Even the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area has picked up 1-2 inches of new snow.

Snow will taper off before sunrise in the Upper Mississippi Valley but not before leaving another 1 to 3 inches, especially in the higher elevations. Winter Weather Advisories stretch from southwestern Minnesota to Michigan`s Upper Peninsula, including Minneapolis and Mankato, Minn., Rhinelander, Wis., and Marquette, Mich.

Interstates 35, 90 and 94 in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes could become slippery in spots. Even more, the weight of the snow may snap tree limbs and branches, leading to an increased likelihood of sporadic power outages.

Low pressure that developed in the Southwest Tuesday is now moving rapidly to the northeast across Wisconsin. Moisture rotating around the low is getting squeezed out as snow in the colder air north and west of the storm`s track. The low is a fast-mover and will quickly spin north of the Great Lakes into southern Canada later today, ending the snow threat across Minnesota before sunrise and Wisconsin and Michigan by the evening commute.

The snow will quickly melt with temperatures warming into the lower 40s today and Thursday. However, temperatures will quickly slide into the teens and 20s over the next couple of nights. This will allow any melted snow to refreeze, causing secondary roads and sidewalks to be slippery.

Snowfall is not uncommon in early November in the Central U.S. The Twin Cities average 10 inches in November while North Platte, Neb., typically sees 4 inches. The winter storm will dump more snow than much of the Plains and Upper Mississippi Valley had all last November. Minneapolis, North Platte and Broken Bow, Neb., for instance, saw less than one inch in November 2012.

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