Winter won't go away...
Even if you're a snow lover, today's blast of winter weather sure does sting.
As of 2 p.m. on Wednesday, snow continues to pile up across west central Minnesota and the National Weather Service is forecasting a storm total of 5 to 9 inches of snow by evening. Strong winds are blowing the snow into the region with gusts up to 30 miles per hour. Another couple inches of snow are possible overnight too.
Local schools are ending the day early, including Alexandria District 206 which closed two hours early and Alexandria Technical and Community College cancelling classes at 3 p.m.
Road conditions are deteriorating this afternoon in the Alexandria area. Packed snow patches on the roads and blowing snow are making driving conditions difficult on Highway 29 and Interstate 94, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Roads are slippery and there are reports of spin outs. The State Patrol is asking drivers to slow down and drive with caution.
Despite this latest round of winter - like you've heard a dozen times today - the snow will melt soon. The weekend forecast calls for highs in the mid-40s to mid-50s by Easter Sunday.