MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – We got our first taste of winter snow with a couple inches the after Christmas, but the first significant storm of the season is moving into Minnesota on Monday.
WCCO forecaster Molly Rosenblatt says conditions will start to go downhill as the storm starts Monday afternoon in far southern Minnesota and moves north. Rosenblatt says six to 10 inches of snow are possible from Monday night into Tuesday morning.
Southeastern Minnesota is expected to be hit hardest by the storm, where several counties are under a Winter Storm Warning starting at 6 p.m. Monday. Much of central Minnesota as well as the Twin Cities metro area is under a Winter Storm Watch at that same time. The snow will be followed by gusty winds out of the northeast, which will create the potential for blowing and drifting snow.
The heaviest snow will happen Monday between 6 p.m. and midnight. That means commuters should plan for longer drives both Monday night and Tuesday morning.
Snow showers will linger into Tuesday morning, but will taper off by the evening hours. Following the snow, there won't be a resurgence of the mild winter weather seen in early December.
The New Year's Eve and New Year's Day forecasts have highs only in the teens and 20s.
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