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Growing concern for freezing rain Friday

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A large spring storm is brewing out west and it's set to bring snow, rain, ice and thunder to the upper Midwest.

The warm front associated with this storm will push temperatures towards 60 degrees Thursday. It would be our first 60 degree reading of 2020. That will be accompanied by a decent breeze out of the southeast at 10 to 20 mph and more clouds than sunshine.

We'll likely stay dry through most of Thursday, but we can't rule out an isolated shower in the evening. Better chances for rain will come overnight Thursday, where we may see heavy rain and a slim chance for thunder.

Then the big changes start as the cold front moves in. There's a growing concern for a thin layer of ice to form as freezing rain, sleet and snow mix in on the western edge of the precipitation. Temperatures will plummet through the 40's by Friday morning and by Friday evening we may fall below freezing.

Accumulating ice will be possible through west and central Minnesota. There are Winter Weather Advisories for counties just west of the Twin Cities where 0.1'' to 0.25'' of ice accumulation will be possible. We're watching for some of that to reach northwestern counties in the Chippewa Valley Friday night.

Overall precipitation totals will range from 0.1'' to 0.5'' with higher totals upwards of 0.75'' towards central Minnesota. The rain will wrap up in the overnight hours Friday and Saturday we'll rebound back towards 50 under a partly sunny sky.

Next week looks warm with a few 60 degree days but those come with scattered rain showers and the chance for some thunder.

Justin Esterly

Justin Esterly is our Daybreak meteorologist. Justin joined WQOW News 18 in May 2018.

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