It's been a soggy, dreary few days for many in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, and nothing about that changes Thursday. The rains will continue on and off, pushing rainfall amounts to around .75"-1" for the storm totals. But radar estimates from the south and southwest parts of the state show totals of 1 to 2 inches in some spots.
In fact, KARE 11 meteorologist Sven Sundgaard says we've lost 10 inches of our snow pack since Monday.
MnDOT's 511 map shows some roads are flooded in southeast Minnesota, and a few roads in the metro were closed after water covered them overnight.
You may have seen the CRAZY wind and blizzard conditions paralyzing the west in Colorado, Nebraska and South Dakota. Those winds are moving east on the backside of a Low Pressure center and while not as intense, we will see gusty winds develop this afternoon with gusts of up to up to 50-55 mph in western Minnesota where there is a Wind Advisory.
In the Twin Cities we too can expect wind gusts up to 40 mph, with 20-30 mph sustained wind speeds late in the afternoon and evening. The wind will persist overnight tonight ushering in colder air.
It is likely you will see rain continuing during the evening commute today, with snow developing to the west. We can expect some snow showers overnight, but accumulations will be merely a dusting to a coating here. Most of the moisture will have moved on by the time temps are cold enough to make snow.
We do, however, need to be alert for re-freeze tonight. Temps will drop into the upper 20s by early Friday for the first time since Monday, so puddles and wet areas will become icy. Most of the salt laid down to fight that ice buildup has been washed off of the roads with the recent rains.
RELATED: KARE 11 Forecast
High temps will be in the 40s Thursday but will battle just to make it to freezing (32 degrees) for highs Friday and Saturday. Warmer temps are set to return next week with highs in the 40s & 50s looking likely. We should see a fair amount of sunshine and dry conditions this weekend.
More from KARE 11: