'Complex Winter Storm' Takes Aim at State; Metro Roads to Ice Up

February 19, 2018 06:27 AM

As winter weather takes aim at much of the state Monday, the question becomes how much snow will fall and where. 

And for Twin Cities residents, it might be a question of to what extent roads and sidewalks will ice over.

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The National Weather Service in Chanhassen issued a winter weather advisory expected to stretch from 12 a.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Much of central and southeastern Minnesota is included, as well as portions of western Wisconsin. 

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The NWS says "a complex winter storm" will form late Sunday and persist through Tuesday, producing a mixture of snow and freezing rain over southern and eastern Minnesota and into western Wisconsin. It will start with a wintry mix of precipitation late Sunday into Monday morning, the NWS says. Then, a second round of snow will slide in late Monday and continue into Tuesday.

The weather service advises that travel conditions will likely become difficult. Roads and sidewalks in the Twin Cities are expected to get a good icing, according to KSTP Meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas.

Yuhas says snowfall over the next couple of days is expected to be heavier in the north and lighter to the south. 

Indeed, on Sunday afternoon the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the northern third of the state from an area as far west as Thief River Falls to as far east as the North Shore. By noon Sunday, 1.4 inches of snow had fallen at the Duluth International Airport. But at the same time, Island Lake, about 20 miles north of the airport, had reported 4.2 inches.

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Yuhas said Twin Cities residents can expect between 1 and 3 inches of snow by the time it's said and done, though the far north metro and into North Branch and St. Cloud could see up to 6 inches Monday and Tuesday.

Many will have a day off for Presidents' Day on Monday, including students at most Twin Cities public schools. All the same, Yuhas says, folks venturing out onto the roads should check the latest forecasts and road conditions ahead of time. 

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