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Major Winter Storm Buries The Upper Midwest

8:15 AM CDT, April 4, 2014

Updated By WeatherBug Meteorologist, James West

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Despite the calendar reading early April, a major winter storm is blasting the northern Plains and Upper Midwest with a wintry mess of sleet, freezing rain and very heavy snow today.

Heavy snow is falling from east-central Minnesota northeast into Michigan's Upper Peninsula, including most of central and northern Minnesota. Between 8 and 12 inches of snow has fallen overnight in parts of the eastern and central Minnesota, with heavy snow falling throughout the Minnesota Arrowhead and northern Wisconsin this morning. By the time the snow is over, upwards of a foot of snow will be possible throughout the Upper Midwest, including the great Minneapolis area. Michigan's Upper Peninsula could receive 14 to 18 inches of snow before it ends tonight.

Farther southwest, lower amounts are expected, with 2-4 inches falling in parts of central Nebraska, northwestern Iowa. A mix of sleet and freezing rain is likely across a sliver of the south-central Wisconsin.

Winter Storm Warnings as well as Winter Weather Advisories are in effect from central Nebraska to Michigan.

This late-season winter storm is the result of a large low pressure system marching up the Mississippi Valley and into the central Great Lakes today. On the southern flank of this system, this system is producing severe thunderstorms while the colder northern flank is producing the heavy wet snow across the Upper Midwest.

The storm is expected to lift out of the U.S. and into southern Canada by early Saturday morning, bringing a threat for just plain rain for much of the Northeast through Saturday evening.

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