MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Here we go! Our first major winter storm of the season will jaunt through the Upper Midwest early in the week. While Sunday will be dry, Monday will have a much different story line as snow and a wintry mix will spread across the region from south to north through the day.
Twin Cities metro locations should get through the Monday morning commute with little impact as precipitation isn’t expected to move in until the latter part of the morning or even the early afternoon. Once the snow begins, it will likely stick around off and on for 36 hours extending right into Tuesday evening. But it may not all be snow. Temperatures will be close enough to freezing where sleet or even some rain may mix in at times, especially during the day. Here are the precipitation types that will greet you through the bulk of this storm.
With precipitation type in question from time to time, any more or less liquid than expected could have big impacts on overall snow totals. Not to mention, with temperatures close to freezing, this HEAVY WET SLOPPY SNOW will not have to work all that hard to melt, so measuring the stuff that falls could be difficult in some cases. What you measure Monday evening may not line up with what actually fell during the day because some melting may have occurred as it was falling AND as it was sitting on the ground before measurement. Regardless of the potential melting, this storm will have a large impact on the area as several commutes are likely to be affected.
The further south and west you go, the lighter and fluffier the snow gets AND the fewer chances you have for rain to mix in, therefore higher snows are more likely with widespread amounts of 8 or more inches is expected. A little more unclear in overall totals will be the 35 corridor. With ample moisture, but temperature issues, snows could range widely from just a couple inches near the Wisconsin border, to potentially 8 or more in the far west metro and areas just west of 35. AGAIN, ALL OF THIS WILL DEPEND ON THE TEMPERATURE AND HOW MUCH SNOW CAN FALL VERSUS RAIN OR SLEET.
Stay tuned to Fox 9 for the very latest as we will keep you updated on the track and intensity of the snows through Tuesday.