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A cross-country skier made the most of winter-like conditions on Friday, April 4, on City Centre Drive in Woodbury. A snowstorm dropped at least 5 inches of snow on the area. (Staff photo by Mike Longaecker)

Spring storm dumps 5-plus inches on Woodbury area

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Woodbury residents awakened Friday to the unusual – or, at least unnerving – sight of several inches of snow in their yards.

According to the National Weather Service, the area received 5 inches of snow from the spring storm that moved in Thursday and dumped heavy levels of snow across parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin into Friday morning.

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The nearest totals were measured in southeastern Lake Elmo, where 5.0 inches of snow was recorded.

The snow, which had tapered off in Woodbury by 8:30 a.m., added up much higher in other areas of the state. Forest Lake recorded 11 inches, while Superior, Wis., received more than 17 inches of snow by 7 a.m.

The NWS said it’s possible an additional 1-3 inches could still fall today as the storm diminishes.

The forecast calls for a mix of wintry and spring-like conditions ahead, with the possibility of hitting the low 60s by Thursday.

The forecast, according to the NWS:

  • Tonight: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 20. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph.
  • Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 45. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
  • Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. South wind around 10 mph.
  • Sunday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
  • Sunday Night: A chance of rain before 4am, then a chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
  • Monday: A chance of snow before 8am, then a chance of rain and snow between 8am and 9am, then a chance of rain after 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53. North wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
  • Monday Night: A slight chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. North northwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
  • Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 48. North northwest wind around 10 mph.
  • Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 31. North northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west after midnight.
  • Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
  • Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 41. South southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
  • Thursday: A 20 percent chance of rain. Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. Southwest wind around 15 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.
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Michael Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. His coverage includes local crime, legislative activity and prep sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
(651) 702-0973
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