Warm Weather Wanes as Winter Winds Back Up

January 10, 2018 10:26 AM

A brief flirtation with spring will be all but a memory when metro-area residents wake up on Thursday and prepare for the morning commute.

But in the meantime, another day of 40-degree weather is in store, albeit under a cloudy sky in the Twin Cities.


KSTP Chief Morning Meteorologist Ken Barlow said the unseasonably high temp Wednesday could be accompanied drizzle before light rain develops later in the evening. 

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That rain will turn into the ever-popular wintry mix, before changing to snow sometime before the Thursday morning commute.

Where the snow falls heaviest is in question, but Barlow said most of the metro will be spared the deep stuff and could see 2-3 inches. 

The south and southeast metro, however, is on the northern edge of a narrow band that’s expected to dump on southeastern Minnesota as part of the storm. Barlow says the metro portion of that band could see 3-6 inches.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Watch for a narrow diagonal line stretching from the southern-central-most counties northwest toward Eau Claire, just brushing the metro to include Dakota County.

Up to 8 inches is possible along that band, the NWS says. Meanwhile, the remainder of the state remains in a Winter Weather Advisory until 6 p.m. Thursday. So watch for a potentially dicey evening commute, too.

As the temperature falls early Thursday, the precipitation will make roads slick. Adding to a potentially harrowing commute Thursday morning will be increased winds that are expected to limit visibility.

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The Minnesota Department of Transportation took the opportunity Wednesday to remind drivers to give snowplows plenty of room. MnDOT says there have already been at least 22 crashes this season involving vehicles and snowplows. 

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Michael Oakes

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