March 05, 2018 01:45 PM
The snow is still coming.
That's the word from KSTP's Ken Barlow when it comes to the winter storm expected to arrive in the Twin Cities Monday. The area remains under a winter storm warning through 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Thunderstorms blossoming in SW MN and NW IA indicate how dynamic this system moving toward the Twin Cities is. Heavy snow later today with 5"-8" likely across the metro.https://t.co/MqVIOh0hTp— ken barlow (@kbarlowkstp) March 5, 2018
Barlow said to expect a mix of snow, sleet and rain in the metro Monday morning before things switch to all snow sometime this afternoon. He said light snow is likely near lunchtime with it growing heavier as the afternoon goes on, especially between 3 and 6 p.m.
Already the National Weather service was reporting moderate snow and low visibility around St. Cloud by around 9:10 a.m. Monday.
From midnight through 10 a.m. Monday, the state patrol reported a total of 65 crashes statewide, nine with injuries - though none with serious injuries or fatalities. There were also 77 reports of vehicles spinning out or going off the road.
Metro Transit has announced commuters who take the Northstar Link bus to St. Cloud must be on board the Northstar train departing Target Field at 3:57 p.m. Monday. St. Cloud Metro Bus will operate just a single Northstar Link trip to St. Cloud Monday night. It will depart Big Lake at 5 p.m.
Train service to Big Lake is expected to continue as scheduled. Those who need to arrange a ride from Big Lake will be allowed to wait inside the station in climate-controlled areas.
The snow will likely have an impact on the evening commute, and by the time dinner is on the table, three-to-five inches could accumulate. The most snow is expected in the north metro. The high Monday is forecast to be around 34 degrees.
School districts from the Twin Cities to St. Cloud canceled classes in anticipation of the storm.
Minneapolis, St. Paul, Anoka-Hennepin and St. Cloud were all among school districts that made the decision to close Monday because of dangerous road conditions expected later in the day.
Barlow said the snow is likely to continue overnight when another one-to-three inches could fall. The low is expected to be around 28.
Here is the updated forecast radar through 9 PM CST. Precipitation is expected to become solely snow during the afternoon and continue through the evening. Snowfall may be heavy at times with chances for thunder, primarily in Southern MN. #MNwx #WIwx pic.twitter.com/oXInr9MMf0— NWS Twin Cities (@NWSTwinCities) March 5, 2018
Light snow mixing with rain is expected Tuesday morning, again likely impacting the commute. Another inch of accumulation is possible. Barlow is calling for a high of 34 and a low of 16.
The sun is expected to return Wednesday and Thursday, but a high of only 30 is expected both days. The low Wednesday is expected to be around 15 and the low Thursday is forecast to be 14.
Barlow's forecast for Friday is again mostly sunny with a high of 34 and a low of 19.
The Associated Press contributed to this story
Updated: March 05, 2018 01:45 PM
Created: March 05, 2018 09:01 AM
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