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Spring snowstorm coming to northern Corn Belt

An ag meteorologist says there’s more snow in the forecast for the Northern Corn Belt over the weekend.

Drew Lerner with World Weather Incorporated says the Dakotas and Minnesota have already received up to 6 or 8 inches of snow this week and another snowstorm is expected over the weekend. He says high wind gusts are expected in many states.

“There might be gusts from 40 to 65 miles per hour and there could be gusts, coming close to 70 miles per hour in parts of Nebraska or Kansas. In the meantime, that low pressure system will return snow lightly into parts of southern Minnesota on Saturday, especially Saturday afternoon.”

Lerner says the low-pressure center will work its way through Iowa, southeastern Minnesota and Wisconsin on Sunday and Monday.

“As it intensifies, there will be impressive snow that will happen behind it. We’re looking for easily, 8 to 20 inches of snow in eastern parts of South Dakota into Minnesota.”

Lerner says there could be up to 3 inches of rain south in portions Iowa and Minnesota, just south of the snow events. He says the ground isn’t frozen across much of the area and once the snow melts, that moisture should soak into the ground helping improve dry soil conditions.

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