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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — We’ve got quite the mess of moisture that will make conditions incredibly slick on Sunday.

The moisture will start in western Minnesota as rain but as it moves and heads closer to the Twin Cities, meteorologist Matt Brickman said we can expect that to turn into freezing rain.

As warm as the temperatures are, they’re just below freezing, meaning that moisture may fall as snow but will melt right before it hits the ground and then re-freeze.

The freezing rain will hit the Twin Cities around noon, with the chance of turning into sleet. Eventually, around 4 p.m. or so, that will turn into light snow, Brickman said.
The snow won’t amount to much but because it will fall on a thin layer of ice, conditions could get messy.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin and a winter weather advisory for the Twin Cities and cities in the south and west, including New Ulm.

The snow totals will be around 2 to 4 inches in southeastern Minnesota and probably only about an inch or two in the Twin Cities.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says icy conditions are making travel difficult in southern Minnesota.

MNDOT spokeswoman Rebecca Arndt said Sunday morning that a mix of rain and freezing rain is falling on top of already-icy roads near Mankato and all along Interstate 90.

Arndt also said crews are out treating the roads.

But, she says, motorists should not travel on the roads unless absolutely necessary.

Motorists are advised to call 511 or visit MnDOT.org for updated road conditions.

There will be another chance for snow in the Twin Cities starting Tuesday and the temperatures drop again by Friday.

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