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Wintry mix and slick roads tonight; Rain then snow for the weekend

We are looking at another messy storm system to impact the region this weekend, creating slick and difficult travel around the state. First, we’ll deal with a wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet, and snow for the early evening and part of the overnight as temperatures hover around freezing. Some snow accumulation is possible tonight, most areas could receive anywhere from 1-2″, so will need to watch out for slick or icy roads during this time. A winter weather advisory has been issued for southern Minnesota and parts of northern Iowa from 6 pm Friday until 6am Saturday due to the wintry mix precipitation and possible snow accumulation.

The wintry mix will become all rain by early Saturday as temperatures warm above freezing into the mid, possibly even upper, 30s. Rain looks to last throughout the day before mixing with snow for the evening and early nighttime hours as temperatures cool into the lower 30s. By Sunday morning, all precipitation will have transitioned into all snow with higher elevations potentially seeing a wintry mix. An additional 1-2″ of snow accumulation is possible during the day before exiting out of the area by early Sunday evening. Temperatures look to be in the lower 30s.

The bulk of the snow will stay to the north of the Twin Cities where 6+ inches of snow may fall this weekend. Further north around the Duluth area, around a foot or more of snow could fall by Sunday. If you intend to travel around this area or even into the Dakotas or north Wisconsin, make alternative travel plans now as travel will be extremely hazardous this weekend.

Looking ahead to the start of next week and the first full week of December, we are in for a much quieter weather pattern. Temperatures will be cool on Monday with highs only in the upper 20s with partly sunny skies. Tuesday through Thursday look to see temperatures a bit more seasonal in the lower 30s with mostly to partly sunny skies. By Friday, a slight chance of snow showers may be possible, but confidence is low this far out.

Sarah Gannon

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