Tuesday 12:30 pm update
In the early to mid-afternoon, the twin cities see very heavy snowfalls of an inch or more per hour. Then we see a break in the late afternoon and early evening, after which light to moderate snow falls again.
Heavy snow and ice Tuesday.Snowfall on Wednesday night
The Twin Cities can see up to an inch or more of snow per hour from noon to 3-4pm. A thunderstorm is also possible. Radar imagery at 12:30 PM showed very heavy snow bands and occasional lightning.
Winter Severe Warnings and Ice Storm Warnings are in effect for much of central Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A winter storm warning is in effect for eastern central Minnesota through 6 p.m. Tuesday, transitioning to a winter weather warning when snowfall becomes lighter and milder heading into Wednesday.
Southwestern Minnesota and South Dakota already have snow. In areas with whiteout conditions and significant drift, the total exceeds 1 foot.
Tuesday will bring dangerous travel conditions to southern Minnesota. It’s the time of year when heavy snowfall, freezing rains, and a winter mixture pass through the region.
Ice will be of particular concern in south-central and southeastern Minnesota on Tuesday.
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The heaviest snow will fall from Tuesday through Tuesday night.
Additional snow falls Wednesday night through Wednesday night, making for an impressive total, especially in southwestern Minnesota.
In addition to snowfall, gusts of wind gusting in excess of 40 mph at times, especially in southwestern Minnesota, are expected Tuesday through Tuesday night.
colder Thursday through the weekend
Temperatures will drop behind the storm, but no arctic outbursts like they did a few weeks ago. Temperatures will be slightly cooler than normal Thursday through the weekend.
Northern Minnesota will experience several freezing nights, while southern Minnesota will see minimum temperatures stay below freezing.