A strong Albert clipper remains on track to deliver another combo punch to Minnesota, first offering a stiff jab in the form of accumulating snow and then delivering a what'll feel like a low blow as the coldest air of the season will follow the snow.
Central and northern parts of the state, including Duluth, are forecast to get the heavier snow totals again, while the Twin Cities picks up 2-4 inches by Monday evening. Generally speaking, storm totals will range from 3-6 inches for many Minnesotans, although totals will be lower to the south.
The big question for the metro is how much of an impact the snow will have on the Monday morning commute. At this point, the weather service expects the snow to accumulate mainly between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the metro. Any delay could spare the morning commute, but be prepared for a potentially messy, slow ride to work/school.
A winter weather advisory is in effect for 9 p.m. Sunday through noon Monday. It includes a wide stretch of central Minnesota from border to border, but does not include the metro area. That could change, however, as the forecast discussion from the weather service says the advisory could be expanded south to include the entire metro area.
In addition to the snow there will be 20-30 mph winds gusting to 40 mph, mainly in west-central Minnesota. Expect blowing snow and some drifting in rural areas.
Duluth got annihilated with nearly two feet of snow last weekend and they're again going to take the brunt of this storm, as the Duluth office of the National Weather Service is forecasting 6-12 inches.
Once the cold front moves through the bottom is going to fall out and we're going into deep freeze mode. We're talking about air temps dipping into the teens below zero by Wednesday morning.
"Much colder air will move into the region for Tuesday through Wednesday night," the weather service says. "Near record lows are expected Tuesday night, and wind chill values Wednesday morning will be from 20 to 30 below zero across much of the area."
Basically, it's going to hurt to go outside. The wind will feel like needles against your face. Ah, to be in Minnesota in February. What a feeling! But, you may have noticed that it's still early December, so we're apparently in for a long winter.