Upper Midwest buffeted by heavy spring snowstorm

Linda Maher shovels the sidewalk in the Summit-Grand neighborhood of St. Paul, Minn. as a spring snowstorm continued across central Minnesota on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Maher is a Lakeville school teacher and had the day off because of the storm. (John Autey /Pioneer Press via AP)

MINNEAPOLIS - A storm expected to dump 10 inches of snow Tuesday in central Wisconsin and southern Minnesota was making April feel more like January.

Unrelenting snowfall was expected all day, making the commute home challenging in Minnesota's Twin Cities and other locations.

Six to 8 inches of snow was forecast to accumulate in the metro area, where more than 180 plows worked to clear roadways, with 10 to 11 inches possible to the south in Red Wing and St. James, Minnesota. The National Weather Service says 7 inches of snow was reported in the western Minneapolis suburb of Golden Valley by late Tuesday afternoon.

Minnesota Department of Transportation spokesman Kevin Gutknecht said travel will be difficult.

"The good news is that the temperatures will allow the salt to work. We are all ready for winter to be over, but it is not over yet. Drivers will have to slow down," Gutknecht told the Star Tribune .

Some school districts cancelled classes due to the snow, including Mankato's and Winona's in Minnesota and Wausau's and Rhinelander's in Wisconsin.

The National Weather Service posted a winter storm warning for a large area stretching from southwestern Minnesota east through central Wisconsin and into northeastern Michigan. Snow was expected to mix with rain late Tuesday in Chicago.

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