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Winter storm moves across Midwest, Minnesota braces for snow

The busy end of 2022 continues into early 2023 as another winter storm moves across the Midwest. Snow can fall in the Twin Cities Monday night through Tuesday. Ice buildup is likely south of the subway through the I-90 corridor.

warning

A winter storm warning is in effect for southwestern Minnesota through the Twin Cities subway and into western Wisconsin. This begins Monday afternoon and continues through Tuesday evening. An ice storm warning is in effect for southern Minnesota for Monday afternoon through Tuesday evening. Several counties in central Minnesota and western Wisconsin are under Winter Weather Advisory from Monday evening through Tuesday evening.

Timeline

Spots of snow are possible Monday afternoon, mainly in the southern part of the Twin Cities. Southern Minnesota can experience freezing drizzle mixed with snow. Precipitation will be very light until around 6 PM Monday.

A Winter Storm Warning will be in effect Monday night, with widespread snow likely through Monday night. This is also the time when freezing rain is likely along Interstate 90. Most ice deposits occur between sunset Monday and sunrise Tuesday.

Twin Cities Metro could experience heavy snowfall Tuesday morning, with lightening in the afternoon. It snowed on and off Tuesday night and finally stopped by Wednesday morning.

total snow and ice

The heaviest snow can head southwest Minnesota to the western subway. 8 to 12 inches is possible in these areas. South and East subway totals range from 4 to 8 inches. A mix of freezing rain can keep snowfall at the lower end of the range. A steep cut-off can be seen on the north and south sides where there is a lot of snowfall. The total can be over 8 inches at St Cloud and only 1-2 inches at Brainerd.

Ice accumulation can be significant in parts of southern Minnesota. From Owatonna to Rochester south to Iowa, ice up to 0.25 inches is possible. As always, ice can make driving very difficult or dangerous, but it can also cause power outages. If you have an ice storm warning, keep this in mind as you prepare for the storm.

What can still change?

Confidence in heavy snow forecasts for southwestern Minnesota is high. There is also high confidence that ice is accumulating near the I-90 corridor. The difficulty with this forecast is where the change from freezing rain to snow will occur. This is why the Twin Cities snowfall totals could change as we approach Tuesday. Regardless, the combination of snow and ice will be a mess Monday night through Tuesday.

Preparation method

Especially if you plan to drive south or southwest Minnesota, start thinking about limiting your travel to Tuesdays. Even seasoned winter drivers have trouble with this much ice.

Parents, please plan for when your children need to be absent from school on Tuesdays.

If you have time on Monday, stock up on gas for your snow blower and plenty of sand and salt.

Update forecast

The Minnesota Bureau of Meteorology will continue to update forecasts before the storm on Monday and will do so on Tuesday.You can always get the latest updates at KSTP.com and the KSTP Mobile App.

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