April Storm Ends with Spring Weather on the Way

Posted at: 04/22/2013 6:08 AM
Updated at: 04/23/2013 2:02 PM
By: Leslie Dyste

Another round of wintry weather returned Monday with the snow tapering off Tuesday morning.

KSTP.com traffic reporter Rusty Gatenby said roads were mostly wet with a few slick spots during the morning commute.

The Minnesota State Patrol says troopers responded to 214 crashes between 4 p.m. Monday and 11 a.m. Tuesday. Twenty-nine of the crashes involved injuries, but none of the injuries were serious.

KSTP.com Meteorologist Patrick Hammer says the snow totals ranged from around 3 to 4 inches in the west metro with 5 to 7 inches across the east metro. There are reports of well over 8 inches from northwest Wisconsin and into Duluth.

Patrick says there are reports of downed trees in the White Bear Lake and Afton areas due to heavy snow.

Patrick says Tuesday will be chilly with some showers, and we may see a few snow flakes Wednesday before a real warm-up kicks in Friday.

We could see temperatures in the 60s Friday into Saturday. Patrick says we could possibly see the temperature hit 70 degrees on Sunday or Monday.

The new snow is pushing back the opening of the St. Paul Farmers Market. It was supposed to open this Saturday, but will now open May 4. The manager says he's worried not only about the snow melting in time, but also about the colder temperatures killing the freshly-picked produce. Most vendors start setting up at 3 a.m. and it's only supposed to be in the 30s at that time.

He says this is the first time in the market's history that the opening is being delayed.

Earlier Monday, the Minnesota Twins preemptively postponed their game against the Miami Marlins due to the approaching storm. The Twins are making up the game in a split doubleheader Tuesday.

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The Associated Press contributed to this story.