For those busy pulling snow off rooftops, the news that more is coming may not be the best news of the day.
For skiers, snowmobilers and snow-angel makers, it's the winter to dream about as another round of snow appears to be on the way adding to February's largess. Snow accumulation of 2-5 inches is possible with this latest snowfall arriving Wednesday, Feb. 20. The National Weather Service reported the fresh flakes are expected to impact the morning and afternoon commutes.
"This is likely to make a slippery commute on Wednesday, but stay tuned as forecast snowfall totals are likely to change," the National Weather Service in Duluth reported.
Much of Cass, Crow Wing, Aitkin, Wadena and Todd counties were in line for 2-3 inches, according to the most recent weather service update Monday and the same one where they noted those numbers are likely to be updated. Morrison and Mille Lacs counties may receive more snow with 3-4 inches, or higher in the southern end of Mille Lacs County. It all depends on where the storm tracks. The most recent forecast noted up to 6 inches of snow could fall Wednesday along the North Shore and maybe 8 inches of snow in southern Minnesota.
And it may not be the last snowfall of the week. The National Weather Service reports after a partly sunny and mild Thursday with temperatures near 24 degrees, snow is again part of the forecast for Friday and through the weekend into Monday.
On Twitter, Paul Huttner, Minnesota Public Radio chief meteorologist, stated it's still too early to report with confidence on a weekend snow system, but he noted multiple computer models list a combined total snow accumulation of 10 to 20 inches in the southern part of the state adding Wednesday's totals into the potential for the weekend.
Huttner posted a graph showing the accumulated snowfall for the systems this week could add up to 6.3 inches in the Brainerd lakes area, in a preliminary outlook. The heavier snowfalls are expected to hit the southern third of the state with diminishing snow totals, perhaps less than 2 inches, to the northwest part of the state.