Early season snow arrives in Twin Cities metro, greater Minnesota

Who’s ready for some snow? 

Tuesday will start out quiet, but the snow is expected to arrive in the Twin Cities metro by lunchtime and could be heavy at times this afternoon. 

We will see plenty of white, but this is a very early season event so it will not have the same impacts that a winter snowfall has for the area.

winter weather advisory

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for much of Minnesota Tuesday. (FOX 9)

While roads may be slushy at times, they are likely to be mostly wet with some slippery spots on elevated surfaces like bridges and overpasses. 

Overall grassy and cooler surface accumulation is likely to be 2-5 inches area wide, but there will be plenty of melting and compacting throughout the day and the evening. 

earliest 3 inch snowfall

The earliest the Twin Cities has ever seen more than 3 inches of snow was October 20, 1916. (FOX 9)

Getting a few flakes or a dusting of snow this time of year may be a tad earlier than average, but it’s nothing unusual. 

However, getting more than 3 inches of snow is far more uncommon. In fact, if we get at least 3 inches of snow Tuesday, it would tie the earliest in the season we’ve done it. The last time we saw more than 3 inches of snow this early in the season was in 1916. 

Tuesday snow timeline

Timeline for snow Tuesday in the Twin Cities metro. (FOX 9)


9 a.m. – Noon: Light snow arrives; roads become wet; hazardous conditions; temperatures in mid 30s 

Noon – 6 p.m.: Heavy snow at times; 2-5 inches of accumulation on grassy/cooler surfaces; slushy roads; temperatures in low 30s  

6 p.m. – Midnight: Snow winds down with drizzle; gradual overnight melting; temperatures in mid 30s

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