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Whether flooding might occur and where is yet to be seen.

Spring may have finally arrived, but the latest reports from the National Weather Service show that the Midwest won't be experiencing it just yet.

MnDOT officials said the good news is the salt is expected to be effective given the pavement is warmer in the cities.

Two factors may limit the flooding, forecasters said.

Winter Storm Wesley may be the second "bomb cyclone" type storm to hit the midwest in a month, weather watchers warn. It seems appropriate for a storm that strong to have bomb in its name, but the word actually refers to a meteorological phenomenon and not the cyclone's explosive intensity.

"It's going to be close enough", Bowers said.

Luckily for us, we'll miss the major impact of this storm.

The National Weather Service has upgraded 23 counties from a Winter Storm Watch to a Blizzard Warning.

Regional travel is likely to be affected during the storm.

A blizzard warning is in effect for much of South Dakota and portions of northwestern Nebraska and southwestern Minnesota.

Southeast Nebraska is likely to receive less rain, snow and wind, but could be in the bull's-eye for severe thunderstorms and hail, according to the weather service.

"A swath of 1 to 2 feet of snow is forecast for the Central/Northern Plains and into Western Minnesota through Thursday evening, with locally higher amounts", the NWS said.

The storm crept slowly across Idaho and Montana on Tuesday, dumping rain and snow and prompting blizzard warnings for Wednesday and Thursday in parts of Wyoming and Colorado. The worst of the winds are forecast for Thursday.

According to the latest forecast, the storm system will move across the region - including Kandiyohi, Chippewa, Swift, Renville, Meeker, Yellow Medicine and Lac qui Parle counties - by mid- to late-week and bring chances for rain, snow and strong winds.

The weather service reported the flood warning continues along the Mississippi River at Aitkin and Fort Ripley. "But now it's back again, with a vengeance". But by 3 p.m. today? "In Nebraska a lot of them have come down into minor flooding". Additional rises may be possible thereafter. It's not causing big issues in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area, but overland flooding is a problem in many rural areas. The high waters trapped hundreds of people in their homes, damaged or destroyed hundreds of miles of roads and dozens of buildings, disrupted water supplies to thousands and prompted the governor to send in the National Guard.