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Snow Blankets Plains To Great Lakes

UPDATED 8:45 AM CDT, March 19, 2014

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Seth Carrier

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Winter just won`t let its grip go in the Upper Midwest as a late-season storm continues to pile up snow from Iowa to Michigan`s Upper Peninsula.

Winter Weather Advisories are still in effect in the Upper Midwest. Three to 5 inches will coat southern Minnesota to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Heavier totals of 6 inches to a foot will slam central and northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin through this afternoon.

South and east of the low`s track, a rain and snow mix will greet southern and central Michigan and northern Ohio today. The low will zip into Canada on Thursday but to its south and east, a wintry mix will pelt New England.

The silver lining is that much warmer air will invade the Plains, allowing for rapid snow melt on Thursday.

Snow is nothing new for the Plains and Upper Midwest. North Platte, Neb., has seen near average snowfall since fall began, with 23.4 inches accumulation. Totals ramp up farther north and east in Minneapolis where snowfall is 10 inches above average, with 48.5 inches total accumulation since the fall season. The midweek storm will add to the snow depth of nearly 20 inches in International Falls, Minn., where snow surplus stands at 19.7 inches.

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