Forecast First Alert: Heaviest snow of the season so far is moving in, bitter cold follows this weekend

Ken Barlow says to expect snow today and a very cold weekend

We can expect 1” to 2” of snow across most of the metro area, with higher amounts of snow possible to the south and east of the Twin Cities. Lower amounts of snow are likely to the northwest of the Twin Cities.

The first Arctic air of the season is set to hit the Twin Cities this weekend, ending the unseasonably mild winter that has prevailed the past few months.

A winter storm watch will be in effect in the Twin Cities area starting at 6 a.m. Saturday, including Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin and Ramsey counties. Goodhue County will be under a winter storm warning.

The temperature drop is forecasted to begin Thursday evening, with the possibility of ½ an inch of snow falling by morning and possibly creating slick spots for the Friday morning drive.

Snow is expected to begin falling Friday morning, continuing into the afternoon with about one to three inches falling and impacting the evening commute. Some areas could see closer to six inches. Heavier snow is expected in the south and east metro areas, and blowing snow is expected to impact travelers even after snow stops falling.

Another one to two inches could accumulate by Saturday morning, with wind chills lowering the temperature to as much as -15° to -25° throughout the day. Residents should expect blowing and drifting snow with winds gusting as much as 35-40 mph.

Most of the Twin Cities area is expected to see two to four inches by the end of the snowfall, with lighter snow in the northwest area and heavier snow to the southeast.

That wind chill is expected to keep the metro near the -30° and -35° Sunday, with even colder air in west and northwestern Minnesota.

Remember to plan ahead and stay tuned to Minnesota’s Weather Authority for updates as this storm develops.