Winter storm warning issued for several Minnesota, western Wisconsin counties

UPDATE: Tuesday, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for several Minnesota and western Wisconsin counties.

According to the alerts, in effect until Wednesday morning, heavy snow, freezing rain and icy conditions are likely.

Meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas reports rain mixed with snow will fall Tuesday morning. The heaviest snowfall is expected between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m., Yuhas said.

Two to 5 inches of snow are expected in the Twin Cities, with even more snow expected west of Interstate 35W, Yuhas said.

An earlier version of this report appears below.

After enjoying summer-like weather for the past week, Minnesotans should brace for colder weather and snowfall, according to KSTP Chief Meteorologist Dave Dahl.

Dahl says a push of cold air is expected to move into the area Tuesday, bringing snow with it. He added that the heaviest snow usually falls to the north of the tracks of low pressure, which appears to be lining up in the eastern part of Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

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Because of the expected snowfall, the National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for a number of Minnesota and western Wisconsin counties. The storm watch is in effect from noon to midnight Tuesday.

Dahl says 2 to 5 inches are likely, however, more snow is possible.

Temperatures during the day are expected to be in the 30s.

Thursday, temperatures are expected to climb back into the 40s. A sunny sky is also likely.