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Freezing drizzle to affect morning, evening commutes in the metro

Updated: December 31, 2019 10:40 AM

After a slow morning commute, drivers may want to prepare for a longer commute in the metro Monday evening as well.

Chief Morning Meteorologist Ken Barlow said the morning drive was slow due to freezing drizzle and late morning, early afternoon snow is expected to affect the evening commute.

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Minnesota Department of Transportation officials said after Saturday's weather, they are preparing for anything. Officials said with warmer weather one day and then winter storm conditions the next, it has been challenging to clear roads.

MnDOT crews started treating metro area roads at midnight Monday, putting brine on bridges and ramps. Officials said crews will begin treating the roads with salt once snow falls.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory as a band of rain coming out of southern and eastern Wisconsin moved into west-central Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota early Monday morning.

Rain is expected to transition into snow and wind gusts could diminish visibility and significantly impede the evening commute Monday as well, the NWS reported.

The advisory is expected to expire at midnight Tuesday.

Looking ahead, Barlow said Tuesday is expected to be blustery and cold with a clear sky.

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