MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Following rain – and even thunderstorms – Sunday morning, a storm system is tracking toward Minnesota and could leave much of the state with more than six inches of heavy, wet snow by Tuesday.
Meteorologist Molly Rosenblatt says the storm system will start making its way into Minnesota late Sunday night, with showers of light rain or sleet washing over the state. Overnight, snow will develop, starting in northern Minnesota and gradually moving south toward the Twin Cities metro.
By the start of the morning commute, drivers in the metro could have to deal with snow, sleet or freezing rain. As the morning continues, however, the rain should shift to only snow as temperatures fall.
Snow will eventually fall across most of Minnesota. Expect the evening commute to be sloppy, as the system will continue to dump heavy snow on the state through Monday evening and well into Tuesday morning.
As for snow totals, the Twin Cities metro looks to see 6 to 10 inches of accumulation by Tuesday afternoon, with most of that falling by 10 p.m. Monday, Augustyniak says. Areas north and east of the metro could see more than a foot. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the entire Twin Cities metro area as a result.
However, snow totals will be impacted by exactly when Monday’s rain transitions to snow. An hour either way could make a significant difference for snow accumulation in the metro.
Monday’s storm has prompted several Twin Cities school districts to close, including Anoka-Ramsey, Minneapolis Public Schools and St. Paul Public Schools.
The area that won’t see much snow is southwestern Minnesota, which looks to only see between a dusting and three inches of snow.
Following the storm will be a cool, dry stretch of weather, with highs in the low 30s. Average highs for early March are in the mid-30s.