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Published April 10, 2013, 10:19 AM

Slushy snow gives Minnesota preview of things to come

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Winter-weary southern Minnesota woke up to an inch or two of slushy snow Wednesday as a preview to a heavier spring snowfall forecast to begin in the evening.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Winter-weary southern Minnesota woke up to an inch or two of slushy snow Wednesday as a preview to a heavier spring snowfall forecast to begin in the evening.

Over a dozen rural school districts started classes two hours late and a few districts canceled classes due to slippery roads. The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported difficult driving conditions across much of southwestern Minnesota, with fair driving conditions on some highways in the southeast of the state. Driving conditions in the Twin Cities were rated good.

In southwestern Minnesota, the Worthington Daily Globe reported that more than 4,200 households were without power Wednesday morning following a prolonged period of freezing rain Tuesday. The report said damage to trees was evident across the area.

The snow largely tapered off by midmorning, but the worst was yet to come. The National Weather Service forecast 8 to 14 inches of wet snow across a large portion of southern Minnesota including the Twin Cities, St. Cloud, Willmar and Mankato starting Wednesday night and into Thursday. A winter storm warning was out for most of the southern half of Minnesota, while an ice storm warning was out for most of southeastern Minnesota, where the precipitation was expected to fall as freezing rain.

No matter how much snow falls, Minneapolis won't declare a snow emergency. A city ordinance prohibits that after April 1, but city officials promised that crews will be out to treat and clear the city's streets.

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