MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - A large winter storm is on its way for Monday in Minnesota, but the key with this one is that some areas will get a lot of snow, a lot of areas will get nothing, and even more will be somewhere in between.
MONDAY SNOW: Moisture will run southwest to northeast, through the Twin Cities metro, resulting in an incredibly tight snow gradient and a large spread in totals across the extended metro area. The gradient between those who get a lot and those who get nothing could be as thin as 25 miles with that likely somewhere over the metro.
At this point, here is our forecast: most snow falling Monday between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., with a big spread in totals across the metro along with northwest winds gusting nearly 30 mph.
Here's an animated look at Sunday night into Monday evening from Fox 9 Chief Meteorologist Ian Leonard.
SNOW TOTALS: W/NW Metro 1 to 3 inches, S/SE Metro 5 to 8 inches. Look for the biggest totals to accumulate across southern Minnesota into west-central Wisconsin with 8 13 inches possible in an area from Mankato across Interstate 35 into Red Wing and east to Eau Claire,Wis.
TRAFFIC IMPACTS: The Monday morning commute will be moderately impacted once the snow starts to fly, but much of it may be done before that happens. Expect a much bigger impact for the Monday evening commute. The Tuesday morning commute will likely be impacted as well with leftover snow on the roads. Check live traffic conditions and cameras at fox9.com/traffic.
SCHOOL CLOSINGS: Dozens of districts in Minnesota and western Wisconsin have declared school closings in anticipation of Monday's snow. You can check an updated list at fox9.com/closings.
GET THE FOX 9 WEATHER APP: You can track the snow and temperatures in your specific location on the Fox 9 Weather App, which also includes a live, interactive traffic map with road conditions and active crash incidents. Check the 7-day forecast from the Fox 9 Weather Center at fox9.com/weather.