Heavy snow returns to area this weekend

MARSHALL — Wind, rain and especially snow — there’s a lot headed our way in the weekend forecast, as a large storm moves into the region. National Weather Service forecasts project that by Sunday afternoon, much of the area, including Lyon and surrounding counties, could get another 7 to 10 inches of snow.

The NWS said heavy snow is expected to arrive early Saturday morning, falling at a rate of as much as 1-2 inches per hour. The snow is likely to be wet and heavy, with a possible wintry mix of precipitation along the southern edge of Minnesota and into northwest Iowa.

Much of the area, including Lyon, Murray, Pipestone, Rock and Nobles counties, will be in a winter storm watch that goes into effect at 6 a.m. Saturday, and lasts through 1 p.m. Sunday. In addition to heavy snow and a possible glaze of ice, area residents will face strong gusts of wind, the NWS said.

Winds are projected to pick up starting Saturday afternoon, with peak gusts of 35-40 miles per hour through Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Areas of blowing snow could reduce visibility and make travel very difficult, the NWS said.

Skies in Marshall could clear on Monday, with daytime high temperatures in the mid-20s. However, after that, NWS forecasts show chances for more snow and rain.

Further amounts of snow and this spring will make a big difference on how severe potential flooding will get when it all melts. The NWS spring flood outlook is projecting a greater than 50 percent chance that the Redwood River near Marshall will reach major flood stage. Major flood stage for the Redwood River in Marshall is 16.5 feet.

After extreme rains last summer, the river set a new record high crest in Marshall, of 17.4 feet on July 3.