Minnesota winter storm WARNING: Spring storm to dump 10 INCHES of snow on Minnesota

Spring may be here but winter is coming to Minnesota with a freezing storm warning issued for the North American state today. Minnesota is braced for a whiteout with up to 10 inches of snow predicted to fall in parts. A storm system has caused snowfall from Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Duluth, Minnesota. Minnesota has been the worst hit with a record-breaking 8.3 inches of snow in Duluth - the most the area has ever seen at this time of year.

Snow is forecast to continue falling in Duluth throughout Thursday morning with thunderstorms expected too.

Heavy snowfall has covered roads in the region and makes a stark contrast to the milder weather Minnesota had at the start of the week.

Residents reported fierce thunder and lightning as well as snowfall.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Duluth received reports of the unseasonal storms.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Duluth tweeted: “We have received multiple reports of thundersnow in the Duluth and Cloquet areas.

“We have seen and heard it here at the office as well!”

The Minnesota Department of transport reported multiple road accidents as snow caused treacherous roads.

While snow could fall throughout Thursday, the weather is expected to warm up again towards the weekend.

Snow in spring may seem unseasonable, but it’s not uncommon in Minnesota.

AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Matt Rinde said: “While it isn’t likely to get heavier amounts of snow during the month of May, it certainly isn’t unprecedented.”

He added: “Five years ago on May 2, Rochester, Minnesota, received 14.5 inches of snow,” Rinde said.

“That area of heavier snow extended northeastward through western Wisconsin.”

There is a one in seven chance of snow in Duluth during the month of May, according to Rinde.

The last time snow fell in Minnesota in May in 2010, when 4.5 inches of snow fell.

Surprised Minnesota residents shared pictures of the shock snow on Twitter.

NWS Duluth issued a warning to Minnesota residents ahead of the snow.

The service warned of reduced visibility and power outages due to the extreme winter weather.

NWS Duluth tweeted: “Winter Storm Warnings & Advisories are in effect this evening until tomorrow.

“Rain transitions into a rain/snow mix or all snow this evening. 4 to 8 inches of snow in the warning. Heavy, wet snow could cause power outages, slippery conditions, & reduced visibilities.”

NWS Duluth has said snow and rain will continue in the region today but slowly diminish.

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