Minnesotans in the metro area are waking up Tuesday morning to news that they've been added to the Winter Storm Warning, and snow is already falling with the heavier stuff still to come.
Five to 9 inches of snow are expected Tuesday in the metro area while areas just to the south of the cities could get up to a foot, according to the National Weather Service Twin Cities.
"A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for areas south of a line from Canby, to Hutchinson, to the Twin Cities, to Ladysmith. Accumulations of 5 to 9 inches are expected in this area, with locally 10 or 11 inches possible in a corridor from near Saint James to Red Wing."
Many schools are opening 2 hours late and closing, including some in and around the south metro. Keep track via WCCO's list right here.
Locations north of the warning are under a Winter Weather Advisory with 3-5 inches of fresh snow is expected.
MSP Airport only averages 2.4 inches of snow in April, says meteorologist Paul Douglas, so we'll likely blow by that in one event today.
Heavy snow rates throughout the day
Snow will be heavy at times today, with snowfall rates exceeding 1/2 inch to 3/4 inches per hour this morning before a potentially heavier band of snow with rates up to 1 inch per hour moves through late morning through the afternoon.
Both the morning and afternoon commutes will be impacted by the snow.
What TV meteorologists are predicting: