A warm, damp start to Monday in the Twin Cities will change dramatically by day's end as a cold front will usher frigid Arctic air into the state, setting the stage for a messy, snow Tuesday.
"We're going to get a burst of snow later afternoon into the evening," said Sundgaard. "We're talking a few inches probably in the metro, some heavy, wet snow to wake up to Wednesday."
Here's how much snow Novak Weather is currently forecasting for Tuesday's storm.
"This is a high risk, high reward scenario with a bust likely for some," Novak Weather says. "On the other hand, this snow system could easily over perform for others. It will be a narrow, impressive band of snow with snow rates of 1.0"+/hr. at times, especially between 3-9 p.m. Tuesday"
As the National Weather Service pointed out in the Twin Cities forecast discussion, the track of the storm system will determine what kind of precipitation falls. The current track would present mostly snow for the metro, while parts of southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin could get a slushy mix or rain.
The snow band is going to be quite narrow, so where exactly the heaviest band sets up will determine where the higher amounts are realized.