Portland metro Saturday weather: Fog then the sun shines

Posted March 11, 2019

Cloudy conditions in place this evening, and clouds will only thicken up through the rest of Friday. Some patchy frost is possible. However, for areas close to Georgian Bay and northern Lake Huron, any changeover to rain should be brief before precipitation changes to snow as temperatures fall. The next weather maker to impact the region will bring rain and brisk winds for Wednesday into Thursday.

The heaviest snow is expected to fall between sunset Saturday and sunrise Sunday when visibility could drop drastically and travel may be hard.

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Snow, rain and freezing rain was spreading across the state this morning, and is expected to arrive in the Twin Cities about midday. North of that line will see several inches of snowfall and blizzard conditions.

Freezing rain warnings are issued when rain falling in sub-zero temperatures creates ice build-up and icy surfaces.

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An estimated 9 inches of snow has already fallen in parts of southwestern North Dakota and another 8 inches in northwestern South Dakota.

At this point, the National Weather Service is predicting 2 to 6 inches of snow will accumulate in southeastern Minnesota with 2 to 4 inches expected in the Rochester area.

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The storm in the southeast metro area will start as a wintry mix, with drizzle freezing and becoming increasingly mixed with snow as the afternoon wears on. Very strong winds are also likely Saturday afternoon as northwest winds pick up into the 20 to 30mph range, along with gusts as high as 45mph. This storm system is still out west finally entering the US, and will cruise over the Rockies tonight. Strong storms will once again be possible before drying out into the first part of next weekend.