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Another winter storm is in the works

Brainerd area in winter storm watch late Saturday through Monday morning

Posted: April 12, 2013 - 8:33pm

When it rains, it pours. Or in this case, snows.

The winter that seems intent on ignoring the season actually listed on the calender is at it again, ready to drop as much as 6 to 8 inches of snow Sunday in the Brainerd area.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for most of central and northern Minnesota, including all of Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties.

That snow comes on the heels of more than 5 inches on Thursday and about 2 inches Thursday night into Friday morning. Even after Sunday’s potential snowfall, winter is not ready to give up. Kevin Kraujalis, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Duluth, said another system is forecast to move across the area Wednesday, and it could feature more snow than rain.

“So we’re not out of the woods yet,” Kraujalis said. “It looks like it’s going to be a snowy April.”

The record for April snow in Brainerd is 31.6 inches, set in 1950. For this year, there’s been 13.5 inches of snow through April 10. While still a far cry from the 1950 record this year’s total doesn’t yet include the snowfall from Thursday or Friday but still ranks as the 11th snowiest April for the city.

“It’s not unheard of to have this amount of snow in April — couple of years ago (Brainerd) had 10.6 inches,” Kraujalis said, “but if we keep getting a couple more systems Brainerd could be close to breaking its (monthly snowfall) record.”

The heaviest snowfall this weekend is expected to start Sunday afternoon and Kraujalis said it could impact travel due to slippery roads and quarter-mile visibility. Motorists are advised to drive with caution.

MATT ERICKSON, Night Editor, may be reached at 855-5857 or matt.erickson@brainerddispatch.com.