Complex Storm Descends on Metro; Next 3 Commutes To Be Dicey

March 05, 2018 05:30 AM

A late-winter storm taking aim at the Twin Cities will be a bit finicky, as a half-degree up or down in temperature could mean the difference between rain and snow in many places.

What's a little more clear is that the next three commutes – starting with Monday morning's – will be slow-going and potentially hazardous.

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Late Sunday evening, a growing list of school districts that included Anoka-Hennepin, Minneapolis and St. Paul were announcing plans to close for Monday and cancel activities. 

In anticipation of the storm, the Anoka-Hennepin School District and Minneapolis Public Schools were among a growing list of districts announcing that all schools would be closed Monday. Other school districts – many to the north of the metro – also announced closures. By mid-evening Sunday, those include Roseville Area Schools, North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale, and Columbia Heights Schools, among others. 

Find an updated list of school closures and delays here. 

RELATED: Rain Showers Expected Sunday, Winter Weather Could Return Monday

KSTP Meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas said the storm, arriving in the metro from the west sometime after 8 p.m. Sunday, was expected to begin with rain and thunder. 

By the time the commute arrived Monday morning, the south metro was under a mix of rain, sleet and snow; meanwhile, the north metro was expected to see more snow than rain.

By mid-afternoon Monday, most of the precipitation will be snow and sleet metro-wide. That will mean a dicey afternoon/evening commute. Total snowfall predictions are difficult because temperatures will be hovering around freezing much of the day, Yuhas says.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning beginning Monday at 6 a.m. and set to expire Tuesday at 6 a.m. for a band stretching from northwest to southeast Minnesota and into west-central Wisconsin. The warning includes the Twin Cities. 

When it's said and done Tuesday, Yuhas says, areas north and east of the metro might measure snowfall totals of 8 inches or more; to the south of downtowns Minneapolis and St. Paul, 3 to 6 inches is more likely. 

FIND Updated Road Conditions Here

The NWS says snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour, coupled with wind gusts of up to 40 miles per hour north of the metro, will create difficult travel conditions throughout the day Monday, but especially so Monday afternoon and evening.

Find updated travel conditions here

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