MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – After a weekend of above average temperatures and slushy sidewalks, a storm threatens to dump up to 10 inches of snow Tuesday on southern Minnesota and perhaps enough for residents in the Twin Cities to get out the shovels.

WCCO-TV meteorologist Mike Augustyniak says the coming storm will sweep across the Rockies and the Great Plains before cutting through southern Minnesota and into Wisconsin.

Currently, the National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch for Monday night and early Tuesday morning for counties along the Interstate 90 corridor.

“That’s where we have the highest confidence that some of the heaviest snow will fall,” Augustyniak said.

Winter storm watches have also been issued for a patch of southeastern counties stretching to the edge of the metro area.

The storm’s cut-off line looks like it will hang over the Twin Cities, meaning communities there could see just a dusting of snow or up to six inches.

Augustyniak says the snow will move into the state early Tuesday morning and cover southeastern Minnesota by lunchtime.

Clouds will linger until Wednesday morning.

Looking ahead, the week will see a slow cooldown, with next weekend’s highs being only in the teens.

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