MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Winter is making a comeback Tuesday as heavy snow is expected to fall in the Twin Cities metro and western Minnesota. Three counties in southern Minnesota are also under ice storm warnings.
11:40 a.m. UPDATE:
WCCO meteorologist Lisa Meadows reports that a complex forecast — involving three different areas and three different weather events — has come to fruition.
The Twin Cities and most of the metro area will be under a winter storm warning until midnight. Wintry mix of sleet/snow is expected until 1 p.m. Between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., there is a window for possible freezing rain (ice) before it goes back to snow. A thin layer of ice is expected along with three to four inches of snow.
In southern Minnesota, an ice storm warning is in effect until 6 p.m. with up to a half inch of ice possible.
Western Minnesota could see four to seven inches of snow.
The storm should wind down about 10 p.m., making way for a cloudy, cold and quiet evening.
7 a.m. UPDATE:
WCCO meteorologist Riley O’Connor says the winter storm system pushed into Minnesota early Tuesday morning, bringing a wintry mix and rain to the southeastern corner of the state. As the morning progressed, the band of snow pushed north into the Twin Cities and beyond.
In the metro, which is under a winter storm warning, a wintry mix — snow mixed with sleet and freezing rain — is likely during the early afternoon and evening commute. Later in the evening, only snow is expected, with up to 6 inches of accumulation possible in some areas. Weather officials are urging drivers to travel with caution.
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According to the National Weather Service, the heavy snow will fall along a thin band stretching from Mankato, through the metro and into western Wisconsin. Areas east and west of this band are under a winter storm watch with lesser snow totals expected.
Between the rain to the southeast and the snow in the Twin Cities, three counties in southern Minnesota are under an ice storm warning: Steele, Faribault and Freeborn. Weather officials say up to a quarter-inch of ice could glaze roads and surfaces before being topped by slushy snow. Travel in these counties is strongly discouraged.
Looking ahead, the next chance of snow may come Thursday evening. Temperatures through the week are expected to be cool but with highs above freezing.
Source: CBS Minnesota