MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Just as the temperatures began to fall, unfortunately, so did some white, fluffy snow.
The snow started late Sunday night and could stretch all the way into Tuesday, bringing anywhere from 5 to 6 inches total in the Twin Cities and more to the southern parts of the state.
That snow will likely cause some headaches come Monday morning, after seeing anywhere from 1 to 3 inches overnight. So be prepared and plan ahead.
The Twin Cities is under a Winter Weather Advisory from the National Weather Service through early Tuesday morning.
But most of the snow will hit west-central and south-central Minnesota where they are under a Winter Storm Warning and could receive 8 to 10 inches of snow, especially near the Minnesota River.
The National Weather Service reports this will be a “long duration snow event” with increasing wind coming with the snow.
MnDOT started preparing for the snow on Sunday evening with plows gassed up and ready to go.
“Where necessary they’ll be doing some plowing and putting down some chemicals trying to get the snow to melt and to make sure we don’t get that bond formed between the snow and the pavement,” said Kent Barnard with MnDOT.
Crews will hit the road before the brunt of the storm is expected to move through.
“Timing is everything with a storm and unfortunately this one looks like it may be going into (Monday) morning’s rush hour,” said Barnard. “So we may have some scattered slippery spots, some areas where travel may not be quite as optimum as normal.”
With the snow, we can say goodbye to that brief “heat wave,” as temperatures stay steady with highs in the teens.
Those temperatures will drop sharply at night with below zero lows on Wednesday and Thursday.
But once we get through this bout of snow and cold, the temps will climb back up to the mid-20s by the weekend.
WCCO-TV’s Reg Chapman Reports