Winter's Other Boot to Drop Monday

December 04, 2017 05:43 AM

Monday will begin as Sunday ended, with mild temperatures and some wind. There's a chance of thunderstorms before noon, but by midday the sun could make an appearance as the temperature rises north of 50. Rather fall-like.

But don't be fooled, winter will arrive by day's end.

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KSTP Meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas says to expect a nearly hour-to-hour change in weather, the most significant of which will occur late in the afternoon Monday when temperatures start to plummet and rain changes to snow by early evening.

That means a potentially slippery evening commute, Yuhas says.

The National Weather Service issued an urgent weather message Sunday afternoon warning a strong storm will bring snow to the region Monday from the west. 

The impending cold front will bring quickly falling temperatures with increasingly strong northwest winds, the NWS says.

Snow will accumulate anywhere from 2 to 4 inches in western Minnesota as wind speeds reach near 50 miles per hour. That could mean a blizzard or two breaks out in that part of the state.

The Twin Cities could see an inch of snow by the time it's done falling late Monday. At the same time, the metro and parts southeast will remain in a wind advisory until 12 a.m. Tuesday. Travel could be dicey for high profile vehicles, the weather service says, as wind gusts of between 45 and 50 miles per hour are forecasted. 

The temperature will likely be in the 20s by day's end, Yuhas says. 

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