Winter storm heading for Minnesota on Tuesday

- WINTER STORM WARNING FOR THE CENTRAL & SOUTH METRO FROM 9AM TUESDAY THROUGH 6AM WEDNESDAY WHILE A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY COVERS THE NORTH METRO.

The well-advertised and well talked about winter storm will finally be making its way into Minnesota on Tuesday.  The expected storm track continues to wobble, but it appears that the band of snow will take a more northerly track which will affect the metro area and much of central and southern Minnesota with some higher snow totals. 

DO NOT expect to wake up Tuesday morning and see the snow flying.  The snow will push north out of Iowa and into the I-90 corridor by sunrise, but won’t make it to the metro until late morning or midday.  The snows intensity will increase very quickly after onset and near white out conditions with blowing and drifting snow can be expected for much of the afternoon and evening. 

The Tuesday evening commute will be very slow.  The snows will hang around through the evening and begin to taper off around Midnight, but wind gusts of 30mph overnight will still cause significant blowing and drifting through Wednesday morning, including the commute.  So 2 different commutes will be impacted by this quick hitting storm.

IMPACTS

Tuesday Morning Commute:  No Impact… the snow will start in the I-90 corridor in southern Minnesota first and won’t make it to the metro until around midday.

Tuesday Night Commute: High Impact… Intense snowfall and significant blowing and drifting snow could cause near white out conditions and very difficult travel.

Wednesday Morning Commute:  Moderate Impact… the falling snow will be done, but blowing and drifting snow is still likely as MNDOT works to clean up the roads… A slow commute is still very likely, but just not as bad as Tuesday evening.

SNOW TOTALS

There will be a VERY SHARP cutoff to overall snow totals that is tough to represent on a map.  But here is the forecast for snows with much of the metro in the 4 to 8 inch category.  The southeast has the potential to get more and the northwest metro has the potential to get less.  Stay tuned to Fox 9 on Tuesday for the latest updates on this potent winter storm.