Heavy snow tonight into Tuesday

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It was a gray and quiet day around our area today as residents cleaned up from Sunday’s winter weather. We’re tracking our next winter storm that will arrive just after the evening commute tonight. Periods of moderate to heavy snowfall will be expected overnight and into early Tuesday. Overnight accumulation will range from 3 to 6 inches. A Winter Storm Warning will be in effect for a majority of southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa from 6 p.m. tonight until 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Snow will last well into Tuesday’s morning commute and taper off early in the afternoon with light snow showers lingering into the early evening. An additional 1-3 inches of snow will be accumulated during that time. Overall, 5-10 inches of snow are possible around our region with lower totals to the west and higher along and east of the Mississippi. Another concern for Tuesday will be strong winds for the afternoon and evening, creating blowing and drifting snow in open and unprotected areas. It’s important to keep in mind that travel will be significantly impacted around the Upper Midwest, so make sure to plan ahead if you need to travel on Tuesday, have your headlights on, slow down and drive cautiously, and give snowplows ample space.

Our next break from the snow comes Wednesday with partly sunny skies and highs in the mid teens. Thursday could see a slight chance for afternoon snow showers that last into the overnight. Cooler air filters into the region on Friday with highs in the lower teens and partly sunny skies. Cool air last into the weekend with temperatures in the mid teens and partly sunny skies.

Sarah Gannon

Sarah Gannon

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