Monday/Tuesday Winter Storm
A complex storm will impact Minnesota and Iowa on Monday and Tuesday. With temperatures through the lowest levels of the atmosphere flirting with freezing, it introduces the element of mixed precip into the equation, especially to the east. Despite that, measurable snow is returning to the area, for everyone.
Tonight, I'm watching a light pocket of snow showers/ light rain trying to nudge northward. If it holds, a few snowflakes, light freezing rain is possible prior to the morning commute. It won't be much, but it doesn't take much to make things a bit slippery. The main band of precipitation will arrive at the MN/IA border around 10AM. For many, especially west of I35, this will be snow, but for those further east, sleet or freezing rain is possible. As temps cool Tuesday evening, the mixed element exits and the heaviest snow continues for everyone until about 3AM. For the remainder of Tuesday/Tuesday night, snow showers will continue, although the bulk of the snow accumulation will have come to an end.
Because of that mix precip, snow totals will range widely from east (lowest) to west (highest). See the attached map. Amounts from 2-6" will be common between the US 63 and I 35. West of the interstate, 6-8" will be possible. into parts of SW Minnesota, amounts of 8-12" will be common. In the areas of lightest snow, a 1/10" to 1/4" of icing from rain/freezing rain is possible. Pockets of sleet mix in too.
Monday evening's commute will be impacted the most while the heaviest activity falls. Thankfully, the wind isn't a huge factor with this storm. An there is a noticeable lack of cold air behind the storm too. In fact, temperatures warm for the rest of the week. But with an expected snow pack on the ground, a cooling effect should be seen on our temps until enough snow can melt. I don't expect it to last all the way to the weekend.
Tonight: Increasing clouds. Lows in the upper teens Wind: SE 3-7 mph.
Monday: Mostly cloudy. Mixed Precip and snow likely. Accumulations likely. Highs in the middle 30s.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. Snow showers likely. Highs in the lower 30s.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 20s.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 30s.
Friday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the middle to upper 30s.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 30s.